Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 3 Issue 3

May 28, 2012

Improving safety in maternity services

May 28, 2012

Source:  The Kings Fund

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  In 2006 the inquiry ‘Safe Births: everybody’s business’ was published.  Further to this the ‘Safer Births Improvement Programme’ was published.  This programme supported 12 multidisciplinary maternity teams and the report shares their experiences and lessons learned.

Length of publication:  1 web page


New toolkit aims to improve care for frail older people

May 28, 2012

Title:  New toolkit aims to improve care for frail older people

Source:  Royal College of Physicians

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Date of publication:  April 2012

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  This toolkit looks at the care provided to older people admitted through an Acute Medical Unit (AMU).  The toolkit recommends procedures for both the initial assessment on admission and the later Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA).

Length of publication:  1 web page


Safety skills training for surgeons: A half-day intervention improves knowledge, attitudes and awareness of patient safety

May 28, 2012

Source:  Surgery. 2012 Apr 11. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Researchers explored the effects of a half day training programme on surgical residents’ knowledge, attitudes and awareness of patient safety. Six months later, participants identified and reported on observed safety events in their own workplace using an observational form for data collection. The course was associated with a significant improvement in knowledge about safety issues.

Length of publication:  1 web page

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Patient safety: where nothing is unavoidable.

May 28, 2012

Source:  BMJ. 2012 Mar 21;344:e2160.

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Article discussing the BMJ Group Improving Health Awards: Improvement in Patient Safety. The author, Anne Gulland, finds common characteristics among the nominees for the 2012 patient safety awards.

Length of publication:  1 web page

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Tackling infection in care homes.

May 28, 2012

Source:  Nurs Times. 2012 Feb 14-20;108(7):16-8.

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Residents of care homes have a higher risk of contracting healthcare-associated infections than the general population. This article describes a three-dimensional strategy that reduced MRSA colonisation among this group. The project won a Nursing Times/Health Service Journal Patient Safety Award in 2011.

Length of publication:  3 pages

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Junior doctors’ reflections on patient safety.

May 28, 2012

Source:  Postgrad Med J. 2012 Mar;88(1037):125-9. Epub 2012 Jan 13.

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  A cross-sectional retrospective review to determine whether foundation year 1 doctors reflect upon patient safety incidents within their portfolios. The review also considers the potential value of such reflections for quality of care.

Length of publication:  5 pages

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