Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 3 Issue 1

February 8, 2012
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Assessing the contribution of prescribing in primary care by nurses.

February 8, 2012

Source:  BMC Health Services Research, Vol 11 page 330  doi:10.1186/1472-6963-11-330

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Date of publication: December 2011

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article looks at the importance of providing medicines in a safety and timely way in the primary care settings.  It highlights the need for the ability to prescribe to made available to non medical professionals as a way of doing this.

Length of publication:  34 pages

Acknowledgements:  National Electronic Library for Medicine

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


A process for rapid learning: sharing experiences.

February 8, 2012

Source:  NHS Alliance

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Date of publication: November 2011

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  This report looks at the positive impact of sharing experiences of things going wrong.  10 out of hours providers collaborated to share their experiences online with a view to developing accelerated learning.  10 years on this report looks at the benefits and future improvements.

Length of publication:  8 pages


Budget impact analysis of conversion from intravenous to oral medication.

February 8, 2012

Source:  Clinical Therapeutics  Vol 33 Issue 11.  Pp1792-1796

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Date of publication: November 2011

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article looks at the way patients receive their medication, either orally or intravenously.  It suggests that by providing oral medication to patients who are able to take it, rather than intravenously, there are safety improvements and cost savings available.

Length of publication:  5 pages

Acknowledgements:  National Electronic Library for Medicine


Think tanks work together to support integrated care for patients.

February 8, 2012

Source:  The Kings Fund

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Date of publication: October 2011

Publication type:  Press release

In a nutshell:  Promoting integrated care is of vital importance to patient care.  Two think tanks – The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust – have been asked to lead a project to develop a national strategy for promoting this.

Length of publication:  1 web page


Improving practice and reducing risk in the provision of parenteral nutrition.

February 8, 2012

Source:  Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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Date of publicationNovember 2011

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  This report looks at parenteral nutrition and how to reduce the risk to neonates and children. 

Length of publication:  37 pages


NPSA publishes patient safety incident data update.

February 8, 2012

Source:  National Patient Safety Agency

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Date of publicationDecember 2011

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  A recently published report of all the patient safety incidences reported by NHS organisations in England and Wales, to the NPSA, up to June 2011.

Length of publication: 8 pages

Acknowledgements:  National Electronic Library for Medicine

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