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.

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Towards National Surgical Surveillance in the UK – A Pilot Study.

January 30, 2013

Source:  PLoS ONE, vol/iss 7/12 pp.e47969

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Date of publication:  December 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Six standardised metrics for assessing the quality and safety of surgery have been proposed by the World Health Organisation. This study collected these metrics for the period 2005-2009 from a sample of 30 hospitals in England. The aim was to examine the feasibility and usefulness of measuring surgical performance and any impact on public health and mortality. The study found that standardised surgical metrics are practicable to collect and may help policy makers and commissioners understand variations in quality.

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