Development and measurement of perioperative patient safety indicators

March 25, 2015

Source:  British Journal of Anaesthesia [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  February 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Many hospitals are implementing evidence-based perioperative safety guidelines so as to improve patient safety. The authors of this study aimed to develop patient safety indicators. The RAND-modified Delphi method was used to develop a set of patient safety indicators based on the perioperative guidelines. A core group of experts systematically selected recommendations from the guidelines. An expert panel of representative professionals then appraised the recommendations against safety criteria, prioritised them and reached consensus about 11 patient safety indicators. There was great variation in guideline adherence between and within hospitals, identifying opportunities for improvement in the quality of perioperative care.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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Berwick review into patient safety

August 29, 2013

Source:  Department of Health

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Date of publication:  August 2013

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  The main problems affecting patient safety in the NHS are highlighted in this report, by Professor Don Berwick, an international expert in patient safety, and there are recommendations made to address them. The report states that the health system must recognise the need for system wide change and insist on the primacy of working with patients and carers to achieve health care goals. It also says that the NHS needs to ensure that the responsibility for functions related to safety and improvement are established clearly and simply.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation (SBAR)

November 28, 2010

Source;  NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement 

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Publication Type: Resource

In a nutshell:  SBAR is a toolkit for improving the communication of critical information so that patient safety can be increased by ensuring action is taken quicker. 

Length of publication:  webpage

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