Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 11

November 27, 2013

NHS England launches Clinical Digital Maturity Index to improve patient safety

November 27, 2013

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  November 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  A benchmarking tool, the Clinical Digital Maturity Index (CDMI has been launched by NHS England and EHI Intelligence. The CDMI allows NHS hospitals to better understand how investing in and using information technology can improve patient safety and outcomes, reduce bureaucracy, and deliver efficiencies. It will help NHS Trusts to see where they are in terms of digital capability and monitor their progress over time. The index is free to all NHS organisations and will help them rate their own technical capabilities, for example, e-prescribing and e-referral, and identify where progress can be made.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Measuring and monitoring safety: an acute care perspective

November 27, 2013

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  October 2013

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  A Thought paper from The Health Foundation in which Dr Carol Peden offers opinions on the measurement and monitoring of safety from the viewpoint of a clinician at a busy district general hospital. Dr Peden looks at where patient safety work is directed within her hospital, the areas of safety that have challenged her, and explains what she has learnt whilst trying to improve safety. This is one of five thought papers on patient safety recently published on the Health Foundation website.

Length of Publication:  12 pages


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening as a patient safety initiative: using patients’ experiences to improve the quality of screening practices

November 27, 2013

Source:  Journal of Clinical Nursing 2013 Sep 21. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  September 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study aimed to explore the patient experience and acceptability of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening of inpatient admissions to acute hospital settings. The study was conducted in six acute care hospitals in three Scottish regions. The results provide evidence that attitudes were largely positive and responses indicated a belief in the beneficial impact of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening for patients and the wider community. Clinicians should consider the timing, content and effectiveness of information provision.

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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.


How can we keep patients with dementia safe in our acute hospitals? A review of challenges and solutions

November 27, 2013

Source:  Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine vol/iss 106/9, pp. 355-61

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Date of publication:  September 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This review examined the medical literature over the last ten years for aspects of patient safety related to patients with dementia. Patients with dementia suffer frequent adverse events in hospital that result in falls, delirium and loss of function which can lead to increased length of stay and higher levels of mortality. Inadequate assessment and treatment, discrimination, low staff levels and lack of staff training can add to the situation. The authors say that there is no one solution, but a multifactorial, multilevel approach is needed at seven levels of care – patient, task, staff, team, environment, organisation and institution.

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.


Staffing and resource adequacy strongly related to RNs’ assessment of patient safety: a national study of RNs working in acute-care hospitals in Sweden

November 27, 2013

Source:  BMJ Quality & Safety 2013 Oct 14. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  October 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study sought to provide evidence on how registered nurses (RNs) assess the safety of patient care at their workplace and how factors in RNs’ work environment are related to their assessments. Previous research has emphasised patient-to-nurse ratios in strengthening patient safety practices and this study complements this by emphasising RNs’ own perception of having enough staff and resources to provide quality nursing care.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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.


ESR launches dose reduction campaign

November 27, 2013

Source:  EHealth Insider 23 October 2013

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Date of publication:  October 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  Plans to reduce unsuitable exposure to radiation, including the greater use of computerised dose monitoring and dose repositories have been defined by the European Society of Radiology. The Insights into Imaging website contains a statement that explains the plan of action for improving protection for both patients and staff against excessive doses of radiation. It wants to see what it describes as a GPS approach to the problem; with GPS denoting Globalisation, Personalisation and Safety.

Length of Publication:  1 web page