An evaluation of the impact of the key information summary on GPs and out-of-hours clinicians in NHS Scotland

September 30, 2015

Source:  Scottish Medical Journal 60/3 pp. 126-31.

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Date of publication:  August 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Implemented during 2013, key information summary is one of the first national shared electronic patient records. It enables GPs to share clinical information with unscheduled care providers, including out-of-hours. This evaluation identified the impact of key information summary on healthcare services. The vast majority of responses showed that key information summary enhances patient safety, improves clinical management, reduces hospital admissions, empowers clinicians, aids communication across services and enables decisions to be responsive to patients’ needs. Out-of-hours clinicians would like more key information summaries, all well-completed and including social care information.

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

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Can technology improve patient safety?

June 25, 2014

Source:  The Guardian Tuesday 20 May 2014

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Date of publication:  May 2014

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell: This report asks whether, in an era when people can manage every aspect of their life from a device little bigger than a credit card, technology can help to improve patient safety. One advantage technology has is that it obeys a rigid set of instructions and behaves consistently. IT can aid clinicians in making the right diagnosis, and re-evaluate care by making effective use of information about us. Making the information available does depend on having all the relevant information about you stored and accessible in an electronic record, and shared. Technology’s biggest strength is also its weakness as it has no capacity to think for itself and symbiotically needs the very thing that it helps make safe, to make it safe too. A danger is that we could just trade one risk for another.

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

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.


New Online Patient Safety Resource Centre

June 24, 2013

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  June 2013

Publication type:  Website

In a nutshell: The Health Foundation has launched a new online patient safety resource centre. The website pulls together existing evidence and new resources to help deliver safe and reliable care. The new resource centre provides fast, reliable access to accurate, up-to-date patient safety information for managers and healthcare professionals and is suitable for all levels of practice.

Length of Publication:  1 web page