Video transparency: a powerful tool for patient safety and quality improvement

February 24, 2016

Source:  BMJ Quality & Safety

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Date of publication:  February 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: Video recording is taking centre stage in healthcare as technology increasingly allows it to be feasible and streamlined. Despite some fears that video will be used for the wrong purposes, we anticipate that a growing physician and public demand for accountability will reward hospitals and surgical centres that lead the way in advancing this highly effective tool. Leading academic centres will likely be the first to pioneer video transparency, and many have already started to do so. As the medical community continues to seek high-impact ways of advancing patient safety and quality, implementing videos with feedback represents the next great leap forward.

Length of publication:  1 webpage


Quality management and perceptions of teamwork and safety climate in European hospitals

November 25, 2015

Source: International Journal for Quality in Healthcare [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: This study aimed to investigate the associations of quality management systems with teamwork and safety climate, and to describe and compare differences in perceptions of teamwork climate and safety climate among clinical leaders and frontline clinicians.

Length of Publication:   Unspecified

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The role of hospital managers in quality and patient safety: a systematic review

October 1, 2014

Source:  BMJ Open 4/9 pp. e005055

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Date of publication:  Septemberuly 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: This article found that the time and effort that hospital managers spend on promoting and assessing quality and safety can influence clinical outcomes and processes. Reviewers from England examined studies about the activities and time hospital managers spend on the quality of care. Most studies were set in the US and focused on Board or senior-level management. Many of the studies used interviews or surveys about perceptions of managerial quality and safety practices.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


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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Patient safety: NHS middle managers can bridge gap between ward and board

December 18, 2013

Source:  Guardian Professional, Thursday 21 November 2013

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Date of publication:  November 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  This article states that organisations need to realise and act upon concerns arising from the front line. It says that breaks in the information chain between day-to-day clinical practice and management structures have led to sub-standard services and that the flow of information needs to be improved. This can be done, it is argued by the knowledge-brokering power of “hybrid middle managers”, who can act as a two-way mirror; capable not just of assimilating top-down management knowledge but also of translating and transmitting ideas belonging to clinical practice back up into their organisation.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


The role of the ward manager in promoting patient safety

December 24, 2012

Source: British Journal of Nursing  Vol/iss  21/19  pp1144-9.

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Date of publication:  October-November 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The article discusses the pivotal importance of the role of the ward manager in delivering services to patients and it looks at literature on patient safety to identify what a ward manager can do to make care safer. The challenge of promoting patient safety for ward managers is explored and recommendations for further research are made.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Nurse leadership and patient safety

August 31, 2012

Source: BMJ News and Articles

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  After increasing concern about the quality of patient care in the NHS, the UK government has called for improved nurse leadership and ward management. The Royal College of Nursing’s response higlighted the experience ward sisters already have which can provide expert leadership to the team, and that they should be equipped to supervise and develop the wider workforce. This response highlights the point that safer care for patients for more local ownership of local problems and the need for effective leadership at all levels of the organisation, rather than shows statements from government .

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