Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 2 Issue 4

May 28, 2011

Apprenticeships enhance patient safety and care.

May 28, 2011

Source:  Nursing Times 2011 Apr 12-18; 107(14):21-2.

Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article provides details of a modern staff apprenticeship programme. It shows how it can act as a recruitment path for health care assistants and so benefit patient safety. The article also describes other staff development approaches to improve safety.

Length of publication: 2 pages

Some important information:  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article.  Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence


Creating safety by strengthening clinicians’ capacity for reflexivity

May 28, 2011

Source: BMJ Quality & Safety  Volume 20 Issue 4 pp83-86

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: The article looks at two techniques which will help clinicians look reflectively at what they do to highlight areas of where a change of practice can improve safety.  These two techniques include filming real-time clinical practice and asking clinician’s feedback on their own footage, and reflection on the questions asked by patients, carers and family.

Length of publication: 3 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

Acknowledgement: NHS Institute Alert from the NHS Institute of Innovation and Improvement


Patient safety culture: an Italian experience.

May 28, 2011

Source:  Journal of Clinical Nursing Vol 20 Issue 7-8 pp1188-1195

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The authors’ aim was to understand the level of awareness health professionals working in an Italian hospital had of patient safety by using the Italian version of the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture questionnaire and also to validate the tool’s effectiveness.

Length of publication: 8 pages

Some important information:  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article.  Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence


Triage Position Statement

May 28, 2011

Source: College of Emergency Medicine

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This document sets out ways to streamline the triage process to reduce waiting times, ensure that the patient sees the right healthcare professional quicker.

Length of publication: 3 pages

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence


Can teaching medical students to investigate medication errors change their attitudes towards patient safety?

May 28, 2011

Source: BMJ Quality & Safety  2011;20:319-325

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Date of publication: February 2011

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article considers if giving medical students a basic knowledge of common medication errors before they start to see patients in hospital can reduce the chance of them making mistakes. The study was  carried out during a paediatric rotation at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Length of publication: 8 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

Acknowledgement: The British Journal of Healthcare Computing & Information Management


The adult patient’s passport to safer use of insulin

May 28, 2011

Source: National Reporting and Learning Service, NPSA

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Date of publication: March 2011

Publication type: Alert

In a nutshell: This alert focusses on improving patient safety by giving the patient the ability to take a more active role in their treatment.  This includes the use of insulin.

Length of publication: 1 webpage