Category list : Patient safety
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There is a small benefit of inducing labour over a “wait and see” approach for late term pregnancies, according to researchers in Holland.
Need for further surgery particularly high in younger men and serious complications surprisingly common in older people, say researchers.
An official framework for the maternity support worker role in England has been launched in a bid to provide clarity about the post and highlight how the career can be advanced.
A third of patients who use complementary and alternative medicine hide the fact in consultations with conventional medicine providers, with potential safety implications, a study suggests.
This article explains nuclear medicine in a nutshell and lists the precautions needed when caring for patients who have undergone a nuclear medicine procedure. It is the first in a five-part series
A hospital trust in the West Midlands has launched an investigation into five “maternal deaths” over the past 18 months.
Vital signs observations are less likely to be completed on time on hospital wards staffed by healthcare assistants working 12-hour shifts or longer, according to new research.
Improvements to out-of-hours palliative care are urgently needed to protect people from harm and unnecessary suffering, researchers have warned.
Theatre nurses and colleagues are celebrating 10 years of a surgical checklist, which has helped save countless lives and improved outcomes for patients in England and around the world.
Hospital leaders must carefully weigh up the risks and benefits of bringing nursing associates into their workforce before deploying them, according to new national guidelines.
NHS leaders have pledged to roll out care bundles across every maternity unit in England in 2019, as part of its goal to reduce stillbirths, maternal and neonatal mortality and serious brain injuries by 50%.
Large differences in radiation doses used for computed tomography (CT) scans are mainly due to how the scanners are used by staff rather than differences in patients or machines, a study suggests.
A home care provider in South London has been given the worst possible rating by the healthcare provider watchdog, after inspectors found a “totally unacceptable” catalogue of safety breaches.
Choking is a life-threatening emergency that nurses must be able to recognise and treat. This article explains how to deal with choking in children, following on from an article about adults
A network of pelvic health and well-being co-ordinators is to be created across Wales, as part of the Welsh government’s response to the vaginal mesh and tape review.
The accident and emergency department at a hospital in Lincolnshire must improve “as a matter of urgency”, according to regulators, who highlighted staff shortages among other concerns.
A patient safety alert has been issued by regulators on the risk of harm from the inappropriate placement of pulse oximeter probes in the health service in England.
Lack of training, staff shortages and the complexity of the system are all contributing to unnecessary harm to patients, despite the best efforts of nurses, according to a major review by a regulator.
A new patient safety training package could be rolled out to all nurses in a bid to reduce cases of avoidable harm and generate a culture change within the NHS.
More than half of people in England want to see financial support for student nurses increased, according to a new poll.
Having too few trained nurses on hospital wards is linked with a daily 3% increase in the risk of patient death, which does not reduce when staffing gaps are plugged with nursing assistants, new UK research has found.
The nursing regulator has claimed it has been denied access to critical evidence that could help bring unfit nurses to justice over the Gosport scandal.
Design flaws with NHS portable oxygen systems have contributed to clinicians misinterpreting that oxygen was flowing to a patient during treatment, when it was in fact not, according to a review.
A struggling trust in the Midlands has officially been told to improve across a range of workforce safety measures, in particular on ensuring sufficient numbers of midwives.
A national scheme to help maternity services in England deliver better care to mothers and their babies has shown positive results in its first year, according to those behind it.
Nurse shortages at a struggling acute trust are leading to staff “burn out” and high sickness rates, the health watchdog has warned.
Choking is a life-threatening emergency that nurses must be able to recognise and treat. This article explains how to deal with choking in adults and will be followed by an article about managing choking in children
A new law will be introduced in England to ensure nurses who raise concerns are heard in the wake of the Gosport scandal.
Patient feedback can be a powerful tool, providing it is listened to and acted upon. A recent study explored why staff may find it difficult to make changes to practice based on patient feedback
Heavy workloads and staffing issues are among factors contributing to baby deaths and brain injuries during childbirth, says a report that found nearly three quarters might have been prevented with different care.
Mothers and babies are at risk because of a lack of training for frontline maternity staff with less than 10% of trusts following official training guidance, according to a new report.
Safety concerns have been raised about the routine use of oxygen for patients in hospital settings, according to the authors of new guidelines.
Sepsis-related deaths in the UK have fallen in the past three decades but continue to be above average for well-off countries, according to a new study.
Midwifery units across England are struggling to cope with “significant” increases in demand, following the launch of a new national drive to reduce stillbirths, it has been claimed.
The Care Quality Commission says it has taken urgent action to safeguard patients at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, after inspectors raised serious concerns about the monitoring of unborn babies and care for people at risk of sepsis.
A simple clinical assessment by experienced nurses is “superior” to systematic triage in prediction of mortality in the emergency department, according to Danish researchers.
’This book is aimed at carers who are caring for people living with dementia’
This article reflects on the experience of using patient and public involvement as part of a piece of patient safety research. It comes with a handout for a journal club discussion
How often nurses should check patients’ blood pressure, temperature, respiration rate and other indicators of health is to be examined by UK researchers as part of a new study.
Many people with diabetes may be unwittingly storing their insulin incorrectly due to fluctuating temperatures inside their kitchen fridge, new research has found.
One in five inpatients with diabetes – around 58,000 – had a “hypo” in hospital last year, according to latest data, sparking a national charity to call on health professionals to more aware of the symptoms.
The chief nurse of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has apologised after an inquest found “errors in practice” had led to an 85-year-old patient drinking cleaning fluid and dying.
Staff involved in the care of a patient with an eating disorder should place greater emphasis on how they coordinate treatment with one another, according to new guidance.
Nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants, students, ambulance workers and other members of Unison are being asked to record how their shift goes today for the union’s annual staff safety survey.
A care home in West Sussex has been urgently shut down with residents told to leave immediately after a series of damning inspections by the Care Quality Commission.
A senior mental health nurse from Wales has been struck off for having sex with a “vulnerable” patient and causing her ”direct and lasting emotional harm”.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust has been returned to “special measures” after its latest inspection by regulators, who identified safety concerns.
Plans to digitalise all maternity records in England have taken a step forward with the publication of new guidelines to ensure data is consistent and can be shared seamlessly between care providers.
A nurse has received national recognition for helping to dramatically improve sepsis care across Weston Area Health NHS Trust.
Nurses and other healthcare staff at a South Yorkshire hospital missed opportunities to save a young woman’s life from sepsis, an investigation has found.