Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 2 Issue 10

November 30, 2011

Improving patient safety

November 30, 2011

Source:  The Scottish Government

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Date of publication: September 2011

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  This news release looks at the ways that the staff within Glasgow Royal Infirmary have improved patient care by reducing the average length of stay in ICU by a day and a half.  It has also gone between infections for a period of 300 days.

Length of publication:  1 web page


Beyond service quality: the mediating role of patient safety perceptions in the patient experience-satisfaction relationship.

November 30, 2011

Source:  Health Care Management Review, vol. 36, iss. 4 pp 359-68

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Date of publication: October 2011

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Looks at patient safety from the perspective of the patient. The aim was to examine relationships among service quality, patient safety perceptions, and patient satisfaction by testing a model that hypothesized a mediating role for patient safety perceptions.

Length of publication:  10 pages


A discussion of approaches to transforming care: contemporary strategies to improve patient safety

November 30, 2011

Source:  Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 67, iss. 11 pp 2488-2495

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Date of publication: November 2011

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study looks at three modern methods of transforming care: at the Bedside, Releasing Time to Care: the Productive Ward and the work of the Studer Group. To affect improvements in patient safety multiple interventions need to be implemented at the same time.

Length of publication:  8 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 Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator

November 30, 2011

Source:  NHS Confederation

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Date of publication: October 2011

Publication type:  news item

In a nutshell:  The NHS Confederation highlights the new Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) published by the NHS Information Centre.  This indicator shows mortality rates, not just where they occur in a hospital setting, but also where mortality occurs up to 30 days after hospital discharge.  This indicator intended to improve patient safety. 

Length of publication:  1 web page

Acknowledgements:  See all NHS Information Centre


A new paradigm in patient safety

November 30, 2011

Source:  British Journal of Nursing  Vol. 20, Iss. 19, pp 1264 – 1265

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Date of publication: October 2011

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  this article discusses at the existing framework for the patient safety agenda and looks at ways it can be improved.

Length of publication:  2 web pages

Some important notes:  This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens, for more information about accessing full text follow this link to find your local NHS Library


WHO patient safety curriculum guide

November 30, 2011

Source:  World Health Organisation (WHO) Patient Safety

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Date of publication: October 2011

Publication type:  Guide

In a nutshell:  This guide was created to support with the education of health-care professionals with priority patient safety concepts.  It also highlights the need to promote patient safety in multi-professional setting. 

Length of publication:  1 web page