Category list : NPSA rapid response reports
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NPSA issues new safety warningsSubscription
Hospital patients suffering from a rare immune system disorder can deteriorate rapidly with potentially fatal consequences, nurses have been warned.
Safety when giving insulin in hospitalSubscription
A Rapid Response Report by the National Patient Safety Agency outlines how risks associated with insulin administration can be minimised to prevent harm
Skills gap blamed for learning disability deathsSubscription
Gaps in nurses’ knowledge often contribute to “all too common” deaths of patients with learning disabilities, the Royal College of Nursing has said.
The National Patient Safety Agency has issued guidance aimed at reducing the risk of retained swabs after a vaginal birth.
This Rapid Response Report is aimed at healthcare organisations providing inpatient care for mental health (MH) and learning disability (LD) patients. It requires them to make proper provision for life support and resuscitation for these patients.
This Rapid Response Report alerts healthcare organisations to the risk of trauma to adult males if female length catheters are used.
Gastrostomies are small stomas created between the stomach and the skin of the abdomen to insert a feeding tube in adults and children. Like any interventional procedure, there is potential for complications (including chemical peritonitis, infection, bowel perforation, haemorrhage, and aspiration pneumonia) but prompt recognition of these complications with early action reduces the risk of serious harm or death.
Medicine doses are often omitted or delayed in hospital for a variety of reasons. While these events may not seem serious, for some critical medicines or conditions (such as patients with sepsis or those with pulmonary embolisms) delays or omissions can cause serious harm or death.
Oxygen safety in hospitals Subscription
Oxygen is indicated in many critical conditions and can save lives by preventing severe hypoxaemia. However, there is a potential for serious harm and even death if it is not administered and managed appropriately.