Category list : Patient safety
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Nurses in neurosurgical settings often have to manage confused, agitated, uncooperative and sometimes aggressive patients who may attempt to leave the safety of the ward, climb out of a bed or chair, or remove tracheostomy tubes, invasive drains and intravenous or central lines. These behaviours can severely compromise patient safety.
The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has recently launched its safe medication practice work programme for 2007-2008, which includes five patient safety alerts (NPSA, 2007a). It has also produced a report on improving the use of medicines in the NHS, which comprises an analysis of medication incidents and outlines the safe medication work programme (NPSA, 2007b).
VOL: 103, ISSUE: 20, PAGE NO: 21The Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety Solutions at the World Health Organization (WHO) has this month launched nine solutions to reduce healthcare-related harm, which affects millions of patients worldwide (WHO et al, 2007).
Nurses under pressure to use restraintsSubscription
Nurses often turn to patient restraints because of pressure from managers to reduce falls, according to Hong Kong researchers.
Development of a trust-wide vascular access teamSubscription
A&E change ‘will lead to deaths’Subscription
AN A&E nurse has criticised plans to downgrade his local emergency services, warning that increased transit time will lead to deaths.
TIA patients are ‘not assessed soon enough’Subscription
Many patients who have a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) are at an increased risk of stroke because they are not assessed soon enough in specialist clinics, suggest UK researchers
Trusts make progress on patient safety agendaSubscription
Significant progress has been made in improving patient safety over the last year, according to a report published today by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA).
Investigation begins into maternity deathsSubscription
An investigation has been launched into the deaths of two women at a hospital in Hampshire who both died from the same infection after giving birth.
Moisturiser caused ICU bacteria infectionsSubscription
Bacteria living in moisturising body milk could cause life-threatening infections in ICU patients, according to research.