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The big question: Is Mid Staffs a one-off or highlighting common problems across the UK?


The big question: Is mid staffs a one-off or highlighting common problems across the UK? What do you think? Add your comments and they could be published in the magazine

Nurses at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust 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”.

After investigating some of the incidents the trust found a discharge checklist completed by nurses in several of the incidents had been ticked to say the cannula had been removed when it had not.

Are the mistakes at Mid Staffs a rareity or more common than people let on?

Add your comments and they could be published in the magazine.


Readers' comments (6)

  • Interesting question ... obviously it is totally unacceptable that any patient be discharged with a cannuala still in their arm and it should never happen - these checlists are in place not as a paper exercise but as a check to ensure that the patient is discharged correctly. But as to if this is part of a wider issue and if these issues are more common than people let on i cannot say - however it is apparent that nurses are continuing to work under pressure and are short staffed so these mistakes will happen more and more unless the staffing ratios are appropriate and meet patient needs. The more under pressure we are the more likely that mistakes will be made .... i hope that we do not see more of these types of errors but in reality .....

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  • Anonymous | 11-Jun-2012 5:40 pm exactly. It is all to easy to state 'this should never happen' and point the finger of blame, but as you say whilst the poor conditions and low staffing levels continue to exist, mistakes like this WILL continue to happen.

    Never events happen ALL the time in EVERY hospital, and these conditions exist across the board. It's just that as of now, the focus has been and is on mid staffs, but there for the grace of god and all that eh?

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  • Nurses are being asked to do more and more with less and less as Trusts attempt to make savings. We are given a heavier workload and insufficient resources to cope. This problem is becoming widespread across the country. I work in a Trust not too far from staffs and mistakes are starting to happen here to due to poor staffing levels. How many incidents and patient deaths will it take before someone takes action?

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  • whilst nobody would deny that staff under pressure are more likely to make mistakes and that staffing ratios affect pressure on staff, the fact remains that disciplining staff for this error was entirely appropriate. The nurses concerned had signed to say they had checked something which was patently untrue and this is completely unacceptable. I think these incidents do occur elsewhere but blaming under-staffing is sometimes an easy excuse when to admit poor practice and lack of professional responsibility would more accurately reflect the situation.

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  • well i think it insulting after over 30 years of full time service when you resign from the register that you receive a brusque note asking if you have any charges against which would prevent you from leaving. surely retirement is a good enough reason and a brief and polite letter of acknowledgement of long service wouldn't go amiss.

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  • Anonymous | 12-Jun-2012 2:10 pm

    Send them a brusque note back with detailed instructions on where to put their own note. What are they going to do? Kick you off the register? ha!

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