Infections and interaction rituals in the organisation: clinician accounts of speaking up or remaining silent in the face of threats to patient safety

November 25, 2015

Source:  Sociology of Health and Illness [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: November 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Drawing on 103 interviews with clinicians at one hospital in the United States this article examines how clinicians talk about speaking up or not in the face of breaches in infection prevention technique. Accounts are analysed using a microsociological lens as stories of interaction, through which respondents appeal to situational and organisational realities of medical work that serve to justify speaking up or remaining silent. Analysis of these accounts reveals three influences on the decision to speak up, shaped by background conditions in the organisation; mutual focus of attention, interactional path dependence and the presence of an audience.

Length of Publication: Unspecified

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Prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections overview

October 28, 2015

Source:  NICE

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Date of publicationAugust 2015

Publication type:  NICE Pathway

In a nutshell:  The NICE Pathway on the Prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections overview was updated on 17 August 2015 to include the NICE pathway on antimicrobial stewardship.

Length of Publication:  7 pages


Enacting corporate governance of health care safety and quality: a dramaturgy of hospital boards in England

September 30, 2015

Source:  Sociology of Health & Illness [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publicationAugust 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: This article draws on qualitative data from open non-participant observation of four NHS hospital Foundation Trust boards in England. The authors found important differences between case study sites in the performative dimensions of processing and interpretation of infection control data. They provide details of the practices associated with these differences and consider their implications.

Length of Publication:  1 web page