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Safety campaign gains momentum

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The RCN has pledged its support to a campaign that aims to make avoidable patient deaths ‘unacceptable’.

The Patient Safety First Campaign for England, launched in June by a group of NHS clinicians and managers, is calling for proven practice methods to be used to reduce risks – such as those linked with central lines and ventilator care bundles – across the NHS.

RCN president Maura Buchanan said: ‘Nurses are constantly seeking ways to improve practice. Through the support and resources provided by this campaign, changes will be made, lives will be saved and a safety culture will be nurtured.’

Marie-Noelle Orzel, a campaign team member and director of nursing and patient care at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, added: ‘It’s about changes in attitude and ways of working. These are hard to change and you need to keep chipping away – the campaign helps to make this happen.’

Nearly 80% of acute trusts have signed up to the non-government campaign. See patientsafetyfirst.nhs.uk for information.

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