How sharp are we on safety? An assessment of safer sharps adoption in UK hospitals

November 25, 2015

Source: MindMetre Research

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Research report

In a nutshell: This report finds that not all NHS trusts are not complying with ‘safer sharps’ rules and, as a result, are continuing to put NHS employees at risk of needle stick injuries and possible blood-borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV.

Length of Publication: 8 pages

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What works: a realist evaluation case study of intermediaries in infection control practice

May 29, 2013

Source: J Adv Nurs Vol/iss 69/4 pp. 915-26

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Date of publication:  April 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A hospital in Wales tested the best ways to get evidence into practice in an infection control programme. Intermediaries or champions were used to highlight and promote good practice. Among frontline staff, the presence of champions helped to improve behaviour. This was particularly useful when champions were highly visible in clinical areas and gave specific feedback to facilitate change.

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.


IV therapy in the community

July 28, 2011

Source: Nursing Times, Volume 107, Issue 19, p15-18

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Date of publication: 15 May 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: this article looks at the benefits of increasing community IV therapy services on hospital admissions and early discharge.  These include reduction of the risk of infection, and improved choice, on patient safety.  The article also provides guidance for nurses on setting up such a service.

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.

Acknowledgement: HMIC