East Cheshire implements iPad safety system

October 1, 2014

Source:  Health Service Journal 1, September 2014

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Date of publication:  September 2014

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  An iPad based system funded by the Nursing Technology Fund is being used by nurses at East Cheshire Trust to monitor patient safety. Macclesfield Hospital has begun recording clinical data electronically on handheld devices at the patients’ bedside, replacing the standard practice of recording observations on a paper chart at the end of the bed. Nurses input vital signs and other clinical observations into the devices, and the “VitalPAC” system automatically calculates a risk score which will alert staff immediately to any deterioration and provide advice on an appropriate response. The system is to be rolled out to all inpatient wards at Macclesfield Hospital.

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An analysis of patient safety incidents associated with medications reported from critical care units in the North West of England between 2009 and 2012

August 27, 2014

Source:  Anaesthesia 69/7 pp. 735-45

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Date of publication:  July 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  One of the key tools promoted for improving patient safety in healthcare is incident reporting. The authors of this study analysed 2238 patient safety incidents involving medications submitted from up to 29 critical care units in the North West of England every year between 2009 and 2012. 452 of the incidents led to harm to patients. The most commonly reported drugs were noradrenaline, heparins, morphine and insulin. The administration of drugs was the stage where incidents were most commonly reported. This was also the stage most likely to harm patients. The authors conclude that quality improvement initiatives could improve medication safety in the units studied.

Length of Publication:  11 pages

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New safety collaborative will improve outcomes for patients with tracheostomies

August 27, 2014

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  July 2014

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In a nutshell: A new project in South Manchester will improve the safety and quality of care for patients with tracheostomies. The project, funded by the Health Foundation, aims to improve care and outcomes both in the NHS and around the world. The announcement comes as the European Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC) – a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, allied health clinicians and patients working together to disseminate best practice – is launched during an event at the Royal College of Surgeons in central London, which includes a guest talk from Professor Stephen Hawking. About 15,000 tracheostomies are performed each year in England and Wales. A team at the University Hospital of South Manchester will lead the project and local ‘champions’ in four different sites in Manchester will set targets which can be benchmarked against international hospitals and standards through the GTC’s database.

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New team to ‘improve patient safety’ at Noble’s hospital

February 26, 2014

Source:  BBC News

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Date of publication:  February 2014

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In a nutshell:  The Department of Health has announced that a “patient safety improvement” team has been created at Noble’s hospital in the Isle of Man. According to the government, the critical care outreach team, made up of qualified practitioners, has been established to “enhance care”. The first area to be examined is the care of critically ill patients. The outreach service will operate seven days a week, between 07:15 and 20:45.

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