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"A backward step for patient safety": US Medical groups respond to RaDonda Vaught sentencing

RaDonda Vaught was sentenced to three years of supervised probation on the 13 May for a fatal medication error she made in 2017 while working as a nurse at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the USA.

In remarks made during the sentencing hearing, Ms. Vaught expressed concerns over what her case means for clinicians and patient safety reporting. 

"This sentencing is bound to have an effect on how [nurses] proceed both in reporting medical errors, medication errors, raising concerns if they see something they feel needs to be brought to someone's attention," she said. "I worry this is going to have a deep impact on patient safety." 

Numerous medical organisations expressed similar concerns in statements circulated after Ms. Vaught's sentencing. 

"To achieve our goal of zero patient harm and death from preventable medical errors, we need to foster a culture where leadership of hospitals and healthcare organizations support healthcare workers and encourage them to share near misses," the Patient Safety Movement Foundation said in a statement. "Healthcare workers are human and healthcare systems need to ensure there are appropriate processes in place to provide their staff with a safe and reliable working environment so they can provide their patients with the best care. Only by identifying potential problems and learning from them can change occur."

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Source: Becker's Hospital Review, 16 May 2022

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NHS is 'dangerously over-reliant' on China amid fears supplies could be 'weaponised'

The NHS has become 'dangerously over-reliant' on China for vital medicines and supplies, a report has warned.

One in six medical items used in UK hospitals — including needles, bandages and oxygen — are shipped from the communist state.

Thinktank Civitas found that overall NHS dependency on Chinese supply chains has trebled since 2019, with the UK now sending £6.2billion a year to Beijing for medical gear.

Security experts are now calling for an 'NHS Security Act' to wean Britain off Chinese medical items and start manufacturing more domestically.

Civitas looked at 228 medical items on the Government's disaster relief list — which include drugs, tests, medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE). The team found that 17% came from China in 2020, up from 6% before the pandemic. 

The report found up to a third of tests and diagnostic equipment and 30% of PPE used in the health service now come from China.

Almost all paper masks used by medics in hospitals come from China (90%), more than half of all gloves (54%) and almost 80% of bandages. And 42% of emergency trolleys and wheelchairs are Chinese-made.

Robert Clark, head of defence and security at Civitas, said: 'Things like gloves, monitors, wheelchairs and bandages all largely come from China rather than the UK. We are dangerously over-reliant on China."

"Let's not be naïve about China. This is an urgent issue for health bosses with the risk that future geo-political spats could lead to the Chinese switching off critical medical supplies destined for the NHS."

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Source: Mail Online,17 May 2022

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