Patient safety during assistant propelled wheelchair transfers: the effect of the seat cushion on risk of falling

May 29, 2013

Source:  Assist Technol. Vol/iss 25/1 pp. 1-8.

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Date of publication:  Spring 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article is a report of a study of the effect of the seat cushion on risk of falling from a wheelchair. Different types of seat cushion were studied. The findings can contribute to the assessment of risk and care planning of non-ambulatory wheelchair users.

Length of Publication:  8 pages

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AQuA Patient Safety resources

May 29, 2013

Source:  Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA)

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Date of publication:  May 2013

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  A ‘get you started’ package of materials is provided by the AQuA Safety knowledge store for use in local reducing harm improvement initiatives. There are currently nine topics in the store. There are best practice guidelines, improvement materials and case studies to help inform improvement efforts. Information is available on areas including slips, trips and falls, absconding patients and safer site surgery.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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Improving patient safety

December 3, 2012

Source: Worcester News

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Date of publication: November 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A team has been set up at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to improve patient safety by eliminating blood clots, falls, bed sores and urinary catheter infections. The safe care team, launched in August, has been working across county hospitals, including Worcester. The scheme has already had some successes including Ward 11 at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, where there have now been 130 days without a patient developing a pressure ulcer.

Length of publication: 1 web page


Patient safety pilot shows improved results

April 30, 2012

Source:  Nursing Times

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  During a pilot of the “NHS Safety Thermometer” it was found that there was a 4.2% increase in older patients who received care that was harm free.  The pilot focussed the occurrences on falls, pressure ulcers, venous thomboembolisms and urinary infections from catheters.  The article also quotes a number of instances where rising care standards were reported on implementation of the pilot.

Length of publication:  1 webpage


Team update: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

June 28, 2011

Source: Patient Safety First Safety Express Newsletter Issue 6 p6

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Date of publication: 23 May 2011

Publication type: Newsletter

In a nutshell: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals have been given a place on the NHS North West and the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQUA) Safety Express Programme.  This is an acknowledgement of their work in safe guarding their patients.  The first stage of the programme is to focus on the 4 harms (falls, VTE, catheter related urinary infections and pressure ulcers

Length of Publication: 1 page


The NHS needs to change faster – here’s how to do it.

February 28, 2011

Source: Health Serivce Journal

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Date of publication: 9 December 2010

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: An initiative has been recently launched with the aim: ‘keep patients safe and free from harm’.  They hope to accomplish this in the areas of pressure ulcers, falls and nutrition.  The initiative is called ‘Rapid Spread’ and the aim is to have this initiative introduced to all wards and clinical areas at the same time ensuring that they tackle the ‘same work in the same way at the same time’.

Length of publication: supplement

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The effect of the SAFE or SORRY? programme on patient safety knowledge of nurses in hospitals and nursing homes

August 28, 2010

Source: International Journal of Nursing Studies 47(9) pp. 1117-1125

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Date of publication:  2010

Publication Type: Journal article

In a nutshell: In this article explains how an educational intervention improved hospital nurses’ knowledge on the prevention of pressure ulcers, falls and urinary tract infections.

Length of publication:  8 pages

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