Should discharging a patient with an IV cannula in situ be designated as a never event?
A recent news story in Nursing Times Nurses reported that nurses have been disciplined with one suspended after the trust revealed a patient had been discharged with a cannula left in their arm.
The trust has declared the incident, which happened in early April, as a local “never event”.
A Never Event is a serious, largely preventable patient safety incident that should not occur if the available preventative measures have been implemented by healthcare providers. In most cases a Never Event is defined if the incident results in death or severe harm to patients.
Last year the Department of Health published an expanded list of 25 never events and information on these can be found on the links below.