Whole-Patient Measure of Safety: Using Administrative Data to Assess the Probability of Highly Undesirable Events During Hospitalization

October 30, 2013

Source:  Journal for Healthcare Quality vol/iss 35/5, pp. 20-31

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Date of publication:  September/October 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article looks at a new model that uses administrative data to gauge the safety of care in hospitals. The model uses a set of highly undesirable events (HUEs) defined using administrative data. It can be customized to address the priorities and needs of different users. With administrative and clinical datasets becoming more consistent, it is possible to use administrative data to compare the rates of HUEs across organizations and to identify opportunities for improvement.

Length of Publication:  12 pages

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CCGs already improving patient care

August 31, 2012

Source: Kings Fund

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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.


The QIPP Safe Care Work Stream: Safety Express

December 22, 2010

Source: http://www.advancingqualityalliance.nhs.uk/

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Date of publication: November 2010

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article from AQuA looks at the national improvement programme starting in January 2011, focussing on supporting improvements to deliver ‘no harm care’ to increase  both efficiency and cost savings in four areas:  serious harm from falls, urinary tract infections from catheters, pressure ulcers and Venous Thrombembolism (VTE).

Length of publication: 3 pages

Acknowledgement: Department of Health Workstream: Safe Care


Physician leadership: essential in creating a culture of safety

August 28, 2010

Source: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology 53(3):473-81.

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Date of publication: September 2010

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article looks at the role of physician leadership in improving patient safety and it looks at how the Safety Attitude Questionnaire can be used to assess the safety culture of clinical settings. It concludes that several strategies exist to enable leaders to improve patient safety.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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