Infection prevention and control: lessons from acute care in England

December 23, 2015

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  November 2015

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  This learning report is based on the findings of a large research study that identified and consolidated published evidence about infection prevention and control initiatives. The researchers synthesised this with findings from qualitative case studies in two large NHS hospitals, including the perspectives of service users. The report considers what has been learned from the infection prevention and control work carried out over the last 15 years in hospitals in England. It looks at the lessons learned and outlines future directions for effective infection prevention and control.

Length of publication:  25 pages


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

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.


Apprenticeships enhance patient safety and care.

May 28, 2011

Source:  Nursing Times 2011 Apr 12-18; 107(14):21-2.

Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article provides details of a modern staff apprenticeship programme. It shows how it can act as a recruitment path for health care assistants and so benefit patient safety. The article also describes other staff development approaches to improve safety.

Length of publication: 2 pages

Some important information:  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article.  Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence


Patient safety culture: an Italian experience.

May 28, 2011

Source:  Journal of Clinical Nursing Vol 20 Issue 7-8 pp1188-1195

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The authors’ aim was to understand the level of awareness health professionals working in an Italian hospital had of patient safety by using the Italian version of the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture questionnaire and also to validate the tool’s effectiveness.

Length of publication: 8 pages

Some important information:  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article.  Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence


Best practice in the management of epidural analgesia in the hospital setting

January 28, 2011

Source: NHS Evidence Health Management

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Date of publication: November 2010

Publication type: Guidelines

In a nutshell: These guidelines look at best practice in the use of epidural analgesia within hospitals.  The main subjects focused on are continuous influsions, intermittent top-up injections and patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA).  They also look at the features of epidural pain management services.

Length of publication: 15 pages


Patient Safety and Error Management: What Causes Adverse Events and How Can They Be Prevented?

June 9, 2010

Source:  Deutsches Ärzteblatt International.   Vol. 107 Iss. 6DOI:   10.3238/artebl.2010.0092. 

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Date of publication:  February 2010

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  A literature review into how adverse events, which can harm patient safety, can be prevented in hospital and in outpatient settings in Germany.

Length of publication:  7 pages