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

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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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Prevalence, reporting and pressure ulcer management

December 22, 2010

Source: Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership – HQIP

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Date of publication: 3 October 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This item looks at how, through incident report monitoring and clinical audit against NICE guidelines, one Trust successfully dealt with the management of pressure ulcers, realising both improved patient care and quality .

Length of publication: 1 page


The QIPP Safe Care Work Stream: Safety Express

December 22, 2010

Source: http://www.advancingqualityalliance.nhs.uk/

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Date of publication: November 2010

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article from AQuA looks at the national improvement programme starting in January 2011, focussing on supporting improvements to deliver ‘no harm care’ to increase  both efficiency and cost savings in four areas:  serious harm from falls, urinary tract infections from catheters, pressure ulcers and Venous Thrombembolism (VTE).

Length of publication: 3 pages

Acknowledgement: Department of Health Workstream: Safe Care


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

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.

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