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Barnsley launches staff safety drive


Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust is marking the National Patient Safety First campaign by encouraging its staff to adhere to new initiatives for reducing hazards in the workplace.

The awareness week, September 12-18, has the theme: It Starts With Me.

Staff and visitors at any site run by Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust will be asked to sign a pledge, promising to follow safety guidance and procedure.

Information stalls have been set up at several hospital areas to demonstrate how “patient safety at a glance” will cut the number of errors being made and reduce disruption to patients.

Communication across disciplines is also expected to improve, leaving more time for staff to care for patients.

Trust spokeswoman Vicky Peverelle said: “The boards show important patient safety information that can be updated regularly and seen at a glance. Magnets are used as visual symbols to highlight individual patient safety risks, such as infections or falls, or enhanced care requirements.”

Initiatives to improve patient safety in recent times are:

  • Improved and modified early warning systems and alert tools across the trust
  • World Health Organisation safety checklists introduced in operating theatres
  • Improved training of clinical staff involving a range of clinical procedures
  • Real patient stories at all trust board meetings
  • Board member patient safety visits throughout the year
  • Measured reductions in patients falling while in hospital
  • Evidenced reductions in hospital-acquired infection rates.



Readers' comments (3)

  • Sigh.

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  • mike | 14-Sep-2011 10:40 am


    Oh how I agree with you, Mike!!

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  • When I read the headline, my heart was uplifted, somewhere are looking at the safety of their staff. Although patient safety is paramount, I was disappointed not to find the article on what the headline suggested.

    "Staff and visitors at any site run by Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust will be asked to sign a pledge, promising to follow safety guidance and procedure"....where is this all going to court?? Sounds like abandoning vicarious liability and looking for another avenue to blame an individual. You can devise as many guidances and procedures as you like if there aren't systems in place to support them, staff, environment, etc., etc.

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