Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 5 Issue 1

January 29, 2014

Do safety checklists improve teamwork and communication in the operating room? A systematic review

January 29, 2014

Source:  Annals of Surgery vol/iss 258/6 pp. 856–871

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Date of publication:  December 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This systematic review aimed to assess the impact of surgical safety checklists on the quality of teamwork and communication in the operating room (OR). The methods for assessing teamwork and communication included surveys, observations, interviews, and 360° assessments. The evidence suggests that safety checklists can improve the quality of OR teamwork and communication, however, when used incorrectly or when individuals do not believe in the process, checklists may have a negative impact on the function of the team. Overall, safety checklists are beneficial for OR teamwork and communication and this may be one device through which patient outcomes are improved.

Length of Publication:  16 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.


NHS Scotland learns from safest hospital in world

January 29, 2014

Source:  Wired-GOV.net

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Date of publication:  December 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  The NHS in Scotland is sharing learning about patient safety with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio, USA, which is widely regarded as a world leader in patient safety. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has influenced how the Scottish Patient Safety Programme is managed and it pioneered morning safety and flow huddles, which have now been adopted at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow. The Cincinnati hospital is also learning from the Scottish approach to ensuring children have the best start in life through the Early Years Collaborative, which is a programme set up to help make Scotland the best place to grow up.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Detailed data on “never events” will help NHS care become even safer, says NHS England

January 29, 2014

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  December 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  More detailed data than ever before about “never events” has been published by NHS England. Provisional quarterly data on the number of never events happening at each hospital trust in England will be published for the first time, for patients, healthcare professionals, managers, stakeholders and the public to see and understand. The data will be updated in three months’ time and is available on the NHS England website. From April 2014, the data will be updated every month.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


NHS England announces a further £150m to improve patient safety and care

January 29, 2014

Source:  NHS England

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Date of publication:  December 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  To help improve patient safety and help to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world, hospitals are to get a further £150 million boost. NHS England has worked with Monitor and they expect the money to be used to both improve safety and to ensure that patients are treated with care and compassion, such as employing extra nurses.  The money will come from Clinical Commissioning Groups usual financial settlement.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Publishing of patient safety data

January 29, 2014

Source:  Rochdale Online 30 December 2013

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Date of publication:  December 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  A pilot initiative, which will see information on patient safety, clinical effectiveness and patient experience published, along with patients’ own stories,  is underway at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. ‘Open and honest care: Driving improvement’ will involve the hospitals run by The Pennine Acute Trust. The published information will include the number of patients that develop bed sores whilst in hospital, the number of falls recorded and hospital infection rates. It will enable the Trust to share and engage in a different way with the public and to assist with discussions about where improvements are needed and the action being taken.

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Patient safety timeline

January 29, 2014

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  December 2013

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  The Health Foundation has produced an interactive timeline, which is a visual guide through some of the key patient safety events over the past 150 years, both in the UK and internationally. The timeline demonstrates the progress that has been made in many areas of patient safety. The Health Foundation also asks for people’s views and comments on the timeline as they say that it cannot claim to be comprehensive. It merely illustrates some of the key events over time.

Length of Publication:  1 web page