Managing Clostridium difficile infection in hospitalised patients

June 25, 2014

Source:  Nursing Standard 28/33 pp. 37-43

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Date of publication:  April 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Checklists are used commonly in health care to improve patient safety. The development and integration of a daily review checklist process to support the care and management of patients with Clostridium difficile infection in one NHS trust hospital are described in this article. The objective of the checklist is to assist staff in early recognition of disease severity, identification of potential complications and prevention of cross-transmission of C.difficile.

Length of Publication:  7 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.


Reducing the burden of surgical harm: a systematic review of the interventions used to reduce adverse events in surgery

May 28, 2014

Source:  Annals of Surgery 259/4 pp. 630-41

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Date of publication:  April 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The authors completed a systematic review of interventions used to reduce adverse events in surgery. The Newcastle-Ottawa Scale was used to measure the quality of observational studies and RCTs were assessed using the Cochrane Collaboration’s tool for assessing risk of bias. Effective process interventions were submission of outcome data to national audit, use of safety checklists, and adherence to a care pathway. Certain safety technology significantly reduced harm, and team training had a positive effect on patient outcome. The conclusion was that only a small cohort of medium- to high-quality interventions effectively reduce surgical harm and are feasible to implement.

Length of Publication:  12 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.


Systematic review of safety checklists for use by medical care teams

September 28, 2011

Source:  BMC Health Services. Volume 11:211

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Date of publication: September 2011

Publication type:  Systematic Review

In a nutshell:  This review looks at whether patient safety checklists, when used in acute hospital settings, make a difference to patient care.

Length of publication:  1 web page