How sharp are we on safety? An assessment of safer sharps adoption in UK hospitals

November 25, 2015

Source: MindMetre Research

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Research report

In a nutshell: This report finds that not all NHS trusts are not complying with ‘safer sharps’ rules and, as a result, are continuing to put NHS employees at risk of needle stick injuries and possible blood-borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV.

Length of Publication: 8 pages


Prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections overview

October 28, 2015

Source:  NICE

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Date of publicationAugust 2015

Publication type:  NICE Pathway

In a nutshell:  The NICE Pathway on the Prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections overview was updated on 17 August 2015 to include the NICE pathway on antimicrobial stewardship.

Length of Publication:  7 pages


Managing Clostridium difficile infection in hospitalised patients

June 25, 2014

Source:  Nursing Standard 28/33 pp. 37-43

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Date of publication:  April 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Checklists are used commonly in health care to improve patient safety. The development and integration of a daily review checklist process to support the care and management of patients with Clostridium difficile infection in one NHS trust hospital are described in this article. The objective of the checklist is to assist staff in early recognition of disease severity, identification of potential complications and prevention of cross-transmission of C.difficile.

Length of Publication:  7 pages

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Promoting antimicrobial stewardship: using video tools for junior doctors’ induction

April 30, 2014

Source:  British Journal of Hospital Medicine 75/2 pp.106-8

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Date of publication:  February 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  There are key issues for infection control and patient safety with antimicrobial prescribing. This article presents a novel video tool for junior doctors promoting antimicrobial stewardship. It is hoped that this will lead to safe antimicrobial prescribing, through improved awareness of local information technology systems.

Length of Publication:  3 pages

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Systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of the World Health Organization surgical safety checklist on postoperative complications

April 30, 2014

Source:  British Journal of Surgery 101/3 pp. 150-8

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Date of publication:  February 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:   This systematic review evaluated current evidence regarding the effectiveness of the World Health Organization (WHO) surgical safety checklist (SSC) in reducing postoperative complications. A meta‐analysis was conducted to quantify the effect of the WHO SSC on any complication, surgical‐site infection (SSI) and mortality. There was a strong correlation between a significant decrease in postoperative complications and adherence to aspects of care embedded in the checklist. The evidence suggested a reduction in postoperative complications and mortality following implementation of the WHO SSC, but this cannot be regarded as definitive in the absence of high quality studies.

Length of Publication:  9 pages

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Patient safety alert on addressing rising trends and outbreaks in carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae

March 26, 2014

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  March 2014

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  An NHS England stage-two ‘resource’ patient safety alert has been issued to signpost providers of NHS care to resources established to avoid the spread of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae. A small but increasing number of strains of Enterobacteriaceae have become resistant to carbapenem antibiotics. This patient safety alert is for NHS acute trusts and private hospitals providing NHS funded care and it signposts providers to a toolkit developed by Public Health England to support the NHS to control existing transmission problems and to prevent the further spread of infection.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening as a patient safety initiative: using patients’ experiences to improve the quality of screening practices

February 26, 2014

Source:  Journal of Clinical Nursing 23/1-2 pp. 221-231

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Date of publication:  January 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Researchers from Scotland examined what patients thought of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) screening from admissions to six hospitals. Screening was generally acceptable to patients and it helped to generate confidence that hospitals were tackling healthcare-associated infections. Patients thought that better information could have been provided, however, and they wanted to be told the results of their screening test.

Length of Publication:   11 pages

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