Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 2 Issue 5

June 28, 2011

Team update: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

June 28, 2011

Source: Patient Safety First Safety Express Newsletter Issue 6 p6

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Date of publication: 23 May 2011

Publication type: Newsletter

In a nutshell: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals have been given a place on the NHS North West and the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQUA) Safety Express Programme.  This is an acknowledgement of their work in safe guarding their patients.  The first stage of the programme is to focus on the 4 harms (falls, VTE, catheter related urinary infections and pressure ulcers

Length of Publication: 1 page


Improving patient safety: how can the legal profession help

June 28, 2011

Source: Clinical Risk Volume 17 Issue 3

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Date of publication: May 2011

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article looks the legal profession and the lessons it can learn from adverse events.  It also calls for the NHSLA to audit the lessons to find correlations between the events, the professionals and the Trusts to find out the lessons that can be learned here.

Length of publication: 4 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.


Nurse staffing effects on patient outcomes: safety-net and non safety-net

June 28, 2011

Source: Medical care Vol49, Issue 4, p406-414

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article looks at the levels of nurse staffing, and whether greater levels of nursing staff available increase patient safety.

Length of publication: 8 pages

Some important notes: 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.

Acknowledgement: HMIC


Promoting patient involvement in safety initiatives

June 28, 2011

Source: Nursing Management UK.  Volume 18, Issue 1 p16-20

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Patients, and their representatives, have a role to play in their own safety in health care.  This article looks at a number of linked studies which looked at ways patients could promote their own safety in different contexts, places or demographies.

Length of publication: 2 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.

Acknowledgement: BNI


Focus on: emergency and urgent care pathway for children and young people

June 28, 2011

Source: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

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Date of publication: May 2011

Publication type: Guide

In a nutshell: The NHS Institute or Innovation and Improvement are promoting this guide which was published in March 2011.  This guide looks at improving the care children receive when the require emergency and urgent care.

Length of publication: I web page

Some important notes: Registration of the NHS Institute of Improvement and Innovation is requried to access this guide.


Learning from mistakes

June 28, 2011

Source: Nursing Standard  Volume 25, Issue 34 p18

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The article describes what a never event is, and why the Department of Health expanded the list from 8 to 25 in February 2011.  The main focus of the list is on acute.

Length of publication: 1 page

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: HMIC