Evaluating the effect of distractions in the operating room on clinical decision-making and patient safety

March 23, 2016

Source: Surgical Endoscopy [Epub ahead of print]

Follow this link for item

Date of publication: February 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Answering telephone calls and pagers is common distraction in the operating room. This study sought to evaluate the impact of distractions on patient care by (1) assessing the accuracy and safety of responses to clinical questions posed to a surgeon while operating and (2) determining whether pager distractions affect simulation-based surgical performance.

The study found that distractions in the operating room may have a profound impact on patient safety on the wards. While multitasking in a simulated setting, the majority of residents made at least one unsafe clinical decision. Pager distractions also hindered surgical residents’ ability to complete a simulated laparoscopic task in the allotted time without affecting other variables of surgical performance.

Length of publication:  6 pages

Some important notes:  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library

Our approach to changing the culture of caring for the acutely unwell patient at a large UK teaching hospital: A service improvement focus on Early Warning Scoring tools

May 22, 2015

Source: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing 31/2 pp. 106-15

Follow this link for abstract

Date of publication:  April 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Early Warning Scoring tools have been in place in Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust for over five years but compliance has been low. A service improvement project commenced across all admission wards in 2013. Prior to the project, only one out of five clinical care targets set were achieved. An established framework for service improvement was used to guide delivery. Since introduction of the service improvement team, consistent signs of improvement have been visible across the admission areas in four out of five of the clinical care targets. The first 12 months of the project has seen benefits in patient care and staff experience.

Length of Publication:  10 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library

A strategy to maintain safety in clinical incidents

October 29, 2014

Source:  Nursing Times 2/110 (34-35) pp.16-8.

Follow this link for abstract

Date of publication:  August 2014

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  Team leaders in the NHS are often in a position where they have to manage and control a clinical situation. They can also be actively involved in delivering patient care because of low staffing levels or inappropriate skill mixes, which can lead to the potential for loss of situational awareness and risk to patient and staff safety. “Inner and outer circles” is an approach that could reduce risks and increase patient safety. It is used in pre-hospital and industrial environments and could be adapted to suit inpatient and other settings.

Length of Publication:  3 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library

Leading the way on patient safety.

March 27, 2013

Source:  The Scottish Government

Follow this link for item

Date of publication:  March 2013

Publication type:  Press release

In a nutshell:  The world’s first patient safety programme for primary care is being launched in Scotland. There are about 100,000 GP visits every day in Scotland so the programme will see safety measures performed where most of the NHS care is supplied. Safety surveys and case note reviews will be undertaken by GPs and their staff to increase awareness and to incorporate patient safety into their work to reduce avoidable harm. For the first time almost all patient care will be covered by the Scottish Patient Safety Programme with initiatives now up and running in GP surgeries, hospitals, mental health and maternity services.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

CCGs already improving patient care

August 31, 2012

Source: Kings Fund

Follow this link for full-text

Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type:  Article

In a nutshell:  This article looks at Clinical Commissioning Groups and the impact they are already making in the area of improving patient care.

Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety

April 30, 2012

Source:  General Medical Council

Follow this link for source

Date of publication: Jan 2012

Publication type:  Guidance

In a nutshell:  This guidance focuses how doctors should act where there are concerns regarding patient care, dignity and safety.  It also provides guidance on putting into practice the advice contained in ‘Good Medical Practice’.  The guidance came into effect at the end of March 2012.

Length of publication:  18 pages


August 29, 2011

Source: Nursing Times  Volume 107 Issue 25 pp20

Follow this link for full text

Date of publication: June 2011

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Part three of four articles on changes to the Department of Health’s extended ‘never events’ list. Focuses on the use and checking of wristbands to avoid errors arising from wrongly-identified patients. A case study is used to illustrate a ‘nearly never event’ of a patient who almost underwent an invasive procedure intended for another person with the same name, because protocols were not followed correctly.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library

Acknowledgement: British Nursing Index from NHS Evidence