Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 3

March 27, 2013

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Building capacity and capability for patient safety education: a train-the-trainers programme for senior doctors.

March 27, 2013

Source: BMJ Qual Saf Epub ahead of print

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Date of publication:  March 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this article was to develop, implement and assess a training programme for senior doctors to become faculty leaders for patient safety training. The article concludes that training senior doctors in patient safety is achievable, acceptable and effective as a means of building capacity and capability for delivering training in this quickly emerging field.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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‘Sixth sense’ for patient safety.

March 27, 2013

Source:  Br J Anaesth. Vol/iss 110/2 pp.167-9

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Date of publication:  February 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The article asks whether there is such a thing as a ‘sixth sense’ for safety and if there is, if it has been studied from an academic viewpoint. It also looks at whether this ‘sixth sense’ can be fostered and encouraged in training and practice.

Length of Publication:  3 pages

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Leading the way on patient safety.

March 27, 2013

Source:  The Scottish Government

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Date of publication:  March 2013

Publication type:  Press release

In a nutshell:  The world’s first patient safety programme for primary care is being launched in Scotland. There are about 100,000 GP visits every day in Scotland so the programme will see safety measures performed where most of the NHS care is supplied. Safety surveys and case note reviews will be undertaken by GPs and their staff to increase awareness and to incorporate patient safety into their work to reduce avoidable harm. For the first time almost all patient care will be covered by the Scottish Patient Safety Programme with initiatives now up and running in GP surgeries, hospitals, mental health and maternity services.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Simple prompts on drug charts improve prevention.

March 27, 2013

Source: The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  February 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Time constraints and other priorities may mean that hospital doctors do not always assess people for their risk of venous thromboembolic events or prescribe preventive measures. Attaching a simple prompting checklist to patients’ drug charts can increase risk assessment and preventive measures.

Length of publication:  4 pages

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Administration of medicines – the nurse role in ensuring patient safety.

March 27, 2013

Source:  Br J Nurs. Vol/iss 22/1 pp. 32-5

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Date of publication:  January 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The importance of drug administration and some of the key legislation that relates to it is explored in this paper. The responsibility of qualified nurses and student nurses in this area is discussed. The authors look at the concept of informed consent and what that means in the health care setting. The importance of the safe administration of medicines to patients is emphasised.

Length of Publication:  4 pages

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Developing nursing students’ decision making skills: are early warning scoring systems helpful?

March 27, 2013

Source:  Nurse Educ Pract. Vol/iss 13/1 pp. 1-3.

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Date of publication:  January 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This paper states that early identification of patient deterioration is of vital importance for patient safety and it contributes to the emerging debate on Early Warning Scoring Systems. It explores the competence of student nurses in this area and focuses on three models of clinical decision making.

Length of Publication:  3 pages

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