Safety when giving insulin in hospital

November 28, 2010

Source:  Nursing Times  Vol 106  Iss 39 p12-13

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Date of publication:  October 2010

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article outlines the Rapid Response Report published by the National Patient Safety Agency in June 2010, looking at the risks involved with administering insulin and how these can be minimised.

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.

Acknowledgement:  CINAHL

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Signals: emerging issues from national review of serious patient safety incidents

November 28, 2010

Source:  National Reporting and Learning Service, NPSA

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Date of publication:  October 2010

Publicaton type:  Report

In a nutshell:  Key risks have been identified from a review by the Patient Safety division of the NPSA into serious incidents which have been reported to the NHS.  These issues are in the form of Signals.  10 new ones have been published including ‘Wrong site nerve block’; ‘Non-invasive ventilation’ and ‘Overdose of intravenous paracetamol in infants and children’.

Length of publication:  Webpage

Acknowledgements:  National Patient Safety Agency


Patient Safety matters : reducing the risks of nasogastric tubes

July 22, 2010

Source:  Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians.  10(3)  pp. 228-230

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Date of publication:  June 2010

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The procedure of inserting nasogastric tubes by nurses and doctors is common within NHS hospital.  There have been a number of reports issued over the past 30 years into the results of wrong insertion, even death.  This article looks at the safety alert issued by the National Patient Safety Agency in England and how effective this has been to prevent errors from wrong insertion.

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

Acknowledgements:  EMBASE.