Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 9

September 25, 2013

Nurses in Scotland given list of ‘essential actions’

September 25, 2013

Source:  Nursing Times 27 August 2013

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Date of publication:  August 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Ministers in Scotland have announced that a list of 10 patient safety “essentials” will be rolled out for use by all NHS staff in Scotland. Ten of the most successful elements of NHS Scotland’s patient safety programme, which are already being used extensively, are included in the list. The new list is intended to ensure all of the elements are now implemented by every member of staff, for every patient receiving hospital 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.


Predictors of health care professionals’ attitudes towards involvement in safety-relevant behaviours

September 25, 2013

Source:  Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  August 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study examined factors that influence health professionals’ attitudes towards patient participation in patient safety activities. Doctors and nurses from four hospitals in England were surveyed about their attitudes towards patient involvement in two error scenarios regarding hand hygiene and medication safety. Professionals were more in favour of patients intervening about a medication error than about hand hygiene. If a professional hypothetically responded negatively to a patient when they pointed out a potential error, staff thought that this could have a negative effect on the patient-professional relationship. Doctors were less likely than nurses to think it was good for patients to intervene.

Length of Publication:  Unknown

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.


A guide for HCAs on safe patient transfers

September 25, 2013

Source:  Nursing Times vol/iss 109/26, pp. 20-2

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Date of publication:  July 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article offers a definition of patient transfer and looks at patient safety and the role of healthcare assistants throughout the three phases of transfer. It discusses the role of escorting patients and the difference between transferring and escorting. It concludes that, for patients to be transferred safely adequate preparation is needed and the process should occur in distinct phases, each of which must be carried out with proper care and attention.

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.


Northumbria wins national patient safety award

September 25, 2013

Source:  Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Date of publication:  July 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  A Foundation Trust in Northumbria has won a national award for improving the safety of patients in its hospitals. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust won the Patient Safety in Acute Care Award at the Patient Safety Awards 2013 for its positive approach which has reduced potential harm to patients. A multi-disciplinary team analyse a random sample of 40 patient case notes across all areas of the Trust each month to look at where safety improvements could be made. The Trust has won awards previously, including the Board Leadership category at the Patient Safety Awards in 2010, when the judges acknowledged that the board of directors is committed to improving patient safety and quality of care.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Patient safety: threats and solutions

September 25, 2013

Source:  Nursing Standard vol/iss 27/44 pp. 48-55

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Date of publication:  July 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The issues surrounding patient safety are explored in this article, including the language associated with harm and error. The authors discuss the types of patient safety incidents that can occur and they provide insights into why these incidents can occur and explain some of the underlying factors. Preventive strategies and the role of patients and family members in enhancing safety are discussed.

Length of Publication:  8 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.


Care at just a touch

September 25, 2013

Source:  Nursing Standard vol/iss 27/44 pp. 22-3.

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Date of publication:  July 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article looks at an electronic observation system called Wardware, which is used on iPod Touch devices. NHS trusts are endeavouring to make better use of information technology to improve patient safety and this system can be used by nurses to save time and reduce errors. It alerts nurses when action needs to be taken and allows patient data to be shared immediately with doctors.

Length of Publication:  2 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.