Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 3 Issue 6

October 29, 2012

GMC and NCAS sign agreement to enhance patient safety and public protection

October 29, 2012

Source: General Medical Council

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: A joint set of principles have been agreed between the GMC and NCAS which focus on public protection and patient safety.  These principles support their drive to enhance patient safety and public protection.

Length of publication: 1 web page


Nurse-led ward rounds: a valuable contribution to acute stroke care

October 29, 2012

Source: British Journal of Nursing  Vol/iss  21/13  pp801-5

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article looks at an example of how the Imperial College Healthcare Trust improved stroke care by setting up a team to carry out nurse-led ward round.  This team focussed specifically on nursing goals, issues and looking at stroke outcome measures.  This has lead to improved communication between the nursing staff and patients, empowering nurses and improving patient care and safety.

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.


Safe from the start

October 29, 2012

Source: Nursing Standard  Vol/Iss  26/49 

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article looks at the importance of including patient safety techniques into student nurse training.

Length of publication: 1 page

Acknowledgement: CINAHL

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.


Social capital and knowledge sharing: effects on patient safety

October 29, 2012

Source: Journal of Advanced Nursing  vol/iss 68/8  DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05871.x

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Knowledge sharing is very important to patient safety.  The impact is felt in many areas of patient safety – including learning, problem-solving and managerial decision making.  This article looks at the influence social capital has on knowledge sharing.

Length of publication: 10 pages

Acknowledgement: CINAHL


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

October 29, 2012

Source: Surgery  Vol 152, Iss 1  pp26-31

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article looks at the importance of including patient safety in the education and training of health care professionals, including those focussing on the surgical disciplines.  This study looks at the effects this training has on the knowledge, awareness and attitudes towards patient safety by surgical residents

Length of publication: 6 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: Medline


Patients willingness and ability to participate actively in the reduction of clinical errors: a systematic literature review

October 29, 2012

Source: Social Science & Medicine  Vol/iss  75/2  pp257-263

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This is a systematic review looking at the factors which influence whether a patient will actively take part in reducing clinical errors.

Length of publication: 6 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: CINAHL