Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 1

January 30, 2013

Towards National Surgical Surveillance in the UK – A Pilot Study.

January 30, 2013

Source:  PLoS ONE, vol/iss 7/12 pp.e47969

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Date of publication:  December 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Six standardised metrics for assessing the quality and safety of surgery have been proposed by the World Health Organisation. This study collected these metrics for the period 2005-2009 from a sample of 30 hospitals in England. The aim was to examine the feasibility and usefulness of measuring surgical performance and any impact on public health and mortality. The study found that standardised surgical metrics are practicable to collect and may help policy makers and commissioners understand variations in quality.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Assessment and accreditation system improves patient safety

January 30, 2013

Source: Nurs Manag (Harrow)  Vol/iss  19/7  pp29-33.

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Date of publication:  November 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The Nursing Assessment and Accreditation System was introduced by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in 2008. It is a ward-based performance assessment framework, designed to foster a culture of safety by helping nurses monitor the quality of care. Based on the trust’s “Safe, Clean and Personal Every time” approach to service provision, it is intended to support attention to safety and quality improvement, to ensure patients are placed at the centre of care services.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Design of a prospective cohort study to assess ethnic inequalities in patient safety in hospital care using mixed methods

January 30, 2013

Source:  BMC Health Services Research, vol/iss 12 450

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Date of publication:  December 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study aims to assess the risk of adverse events (AEs) for hospitalised patients of non-Western ethnic origin in comparison to ethnic Dutch patients. It looks at the patient-related determinants that may affect the risk of AEs and explores the mechanisms of patient-provider interactions that may increase the risk of AEs. It also explores possible strategies to prevent inequalities in patient safety.

Length of Publication:  20 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.


Patient Involvement in Patient Safety: The Health-Care Professional’s Perspective.

January 30, 2013

Source: J Patient Safety  Vol/iss  8/4  pp.182-8

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Date of publication:  December 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Health professionals views were examined by researchers regarding involving patients in safety initiatives. 40 doctors and 40 nurses from one hospital were surveyed. Doctors and nurses tended to be positive about patient involvement and nurses were more willing to support patient involvement and to participate themselves if they were patients.

Length of publication: 7 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.


Patient safety in orthopaedics: State of the art.

January 30, 2013

Source:   Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Series B Vol/iss  94B/12  pp1595-1597.

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Date of publication:  December 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The authors summarise and focus on the safety concerns within the field of trauma and orthopaedic surgery with specific emphasis placed on current controversies and reforms within the National Health Service.

Length of publication: 3 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.


Errors during the preparation of drug infusions: a randomized controlled trial.

January 30, 2013

Source:  Br J Anaesth, vol/iss 109/5 pp.729-34.

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Date of publication:  November 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The authors investigated the degree and frequency of dose errors and treatment delays made as a result of preparing drug infusions at the bedside, instead of using pre-filled syringes. Although there is a financial implication, providing drug infusions in syringes pre-filled by pharmacists or pharmaceutical companies would reduce medication errors and treatment delays, and improve patient safety.

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.