NPSA (National Patient Safety Agency) news and analysis for nurses
New international design standards for medical device connectors are being rolled out globally to prevent life-threatening misconnections.
A member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s staffing advisory committee has urged nurses to start publishing their own evidence, after questioning whether future guidelines on accident and emergency nurse staffing will be as robust as NICE’s draft version.
The Care Quality Commission would like to take over responsibility for patient safety in the health service, despite NHS England gaining responsibility for it as recently as April, it emerged yesterday.
A trust has lowered its mortality ratio by improving compliance in EWS monitoring
A leading nurse and patient safety expert is to join the NHS body responsible for managing negligence claims.
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The efficacy of using X-rays to determine whether or not nasogastric tubes are correctly positioned was measured using retrospective data.
More than 700 patients died as a result of a patient safety incident between October 2011 and March 2012, latest data reveals.
An inpatient neurological rehabilitation unit had a high incidence of falls so used the Patient Safety First campaign to address this issue.
Ongoing concerns about the use of fentanyl skin patches have been highlighted by a report on controlled drugs management.
Effective fluid management is seen nationally as an area of suboptimal practice. A bundle was developed by one trust to improve patient hydration in a range of settings.
In 2004, a child died after being fed through a nasogastric tube that had been misplaced in her lungs.
People with dysphagia suffer more drug administration errors than the general population. Individualised guides were developed to boost nurses’ confidence and improve safety.
How do you check the position of a naso-gastric tube? What do you think?
Falls can result in death or injury. An acute hospital introduced pre-printed falls assessment care plans and supported nurse education to reduce fall rates
This article explores the effectiveness of health checks for people with learning disabilities in identifying unmet health needs.
A study examined whether medication errors were more common in acute hospital patients with dysphagia than those without, and the type and cause of such errors.
Do you need to wash your hands after removal of gloves? What do you think?
The National Patient Safety Agency has repeated a warning on the risk of harm posed by flushing nasogastric tubes before confirmation of placement.
Errors in insulin administration are common and can cause harm and even death. An audit aimed to standardise insulin syringe storage and labelling to improve safety