Trusts are to be routinely surveyed on their patient safety record for the first time from next month.
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NHS South Central chief nurse and director of clinical standards Katherine Fenton told Nursing Times that surveys would take place on 15 September and then every 90 days afterwards.
She said four harms - falls, pressure ulcers, venous thromboembolism and catheter acquired infections - would be measured at 100 organisations, with 10 taken from each strategic health authority region.
Ms Fenton said the surveys would initially be done manually but the plan was to develop an electronic system.
The National Patient Safety Agency last month urged NHS organisations to “work towards preventing all pressure ulcers”, as part of its “10 for 2010” programme, which asks trusts to concentrate efforts on 10 high risk patient safety areas, including deterioration, anticoagulation and pressure ulcers.