The daily relationships between staffing, safety perceptions and personality in hospital nursing: a longitudinal on-line diary study

March 23, 2016

Source: International Journal of Nursing Studies 59 pp. 27–37

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Date of publication: March 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The association between poor staffing conditions and negative patient safety consequences is well established within hospital nursing. However, many studies have been limited to nurse population level associations, and have used routine data to examine relationships. As a result, it is less clear how these relationships might be manifested at the individual nurse level on a day-to-day basis. Furthermore, personality may have direct and moderating roles in terms of work environment and patient safety associations, but limited research has explored personality in this context.

The findings elucidate the potential mechanisms by which patient safety risks arise within hospital nursing, and suggest that nurses may not respond to staffing conditions in the same way, dependent upon personality. Further understanding of these relationships will enable staff to be supported in terms of work environment conditions on an individual basis.

Length of publication:  11 pages

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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

Patient safety and IT trends

November 25, 2015

Source: Nursing Management 46/11 pp. 24-26

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Date of publication: November 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: Being able to capture and document patient data at the point of care in an electronic format brings with it many benefits. However, there are inherent risks that come with the use of health information technology that may impact on patient safety and data integrity.  This article discusses how to minimise such risks.

Length of Publication:  3 pages

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Review of NHS critical infrastructure risk initiated

December 24, 2012

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This letter was sent to NHS organisations who have been invited to participate in the review of the NHS’s recurrent report for of a need for significant investment in maintenance of its facilities. This is intended to eliminate ‘critical risks’ to the safety of patients, visitors and staff; and the resilience of its services.

Length of publication: 1 web page

Patient safety: learning from Europe

July 30, 2012

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication type: Blog entry

In a nutshell:  This is a joint action looking at lessons that can be learned, and passed on, between the different countries in Europe.  An example of this would be the level of understanding and concern there is in the UK with healthcare acquired infection, while in Spain the high priority there is a high public awareness of medication errors and a need to reduce risk in this area.

Trust nurses commended for improving patient safety

July 30, 2012

Source:  Western Health and Social Care Trust

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  A nurse, working in the Western Trust, received the Chief Nursing Officers award at the sixteenth annual Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Nurse of the Year Awards for improving the care of respiratory pateints.  This was done by improving the data systems recording the equipment used to treat these patients and by creating a system to identify and address them.

Risk of harm from acupuncture treatment including pneumothorax: Signal

November 3, 2011

Source:  National Patient Safety Agency  Reference number: 1324

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Date of publication: September 2011

Publication type:  Alert

In a nutshell:  This alert is was of 8 which were recently released from the NPSA.  It was created to highlight the risks involved with acupuncture, including pneumothorax, needles being left in the patient following treatment, and a lack of clarity regarding the correct emergency procedures to use.    

Length of publication:  1 web page

Some important notes:  A list of all 8 alerts are available on the NPSA website