Simple prompts on drug charts improve prevention.

March 27, 2013

Source: The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  February 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Time constraints and other priorities may mean that hospital doctors do not always assess people for their risk of venous thromboembolic events or prescribe preventive measures. Attaching a simple prompting checklist to patients’ drug charts can increase risk assessment and preventive measures.

Length of publication:  4 pages

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Patient safety pilot shows improved results

April 30, 2012

Source:  Nursing Times

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  During a pilot of the “NHS Safety Thermometer” it was found that there was a 4.2% increase in older patients who received care that was harm free.  The pilot focussed the occurrences on falls, pressure ulcers, venous thomboembolisms and urinary infections from catheters.  The article also quotes a number of instances where rising care standards were reported on implementation of the pilot.

Length of publication:  1 webpage

Team update: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

June 28, 2011

Source: Patient Safety First Safety Express Newsletter Issue 6 p6

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Date of publication: 23 May 2011

Publication type: Newsletter

In a nutshell: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals have been given a place on the NHS North West and the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQUA) Safety Express Programme.  This is an acknowledgement of their work in safe guarding their patients.  The first stage of the programme is to focus on the 4 harms (falls, VTE, catheter related urinary infections and pressure ulcers

Length of Publication: 1 page