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    The white paper outlines the Alliance for the Digitalisation of Medication Management in European Hospitals’ calls for action, providing examples from across of the European Union of digitalisation of the pathway. The calls for actions include: Implement digital systems in hospitals for the effective employment of the European Shortages Monitoring Platform. Enhance patient safety and hospitals’ pharmaceutical systems resilience by digitalising hospital´s medication management pathways. Support hospitals to scale up and update their IT infrastructure. Provide sustained
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    Patients are struggling to understand their doctors because of confusing medical jargon, a study has found. Almost 80% of people do not know that the word 'impressive' actually means 'worrying' in a medical context. Critics said using the word borders on 'disrespectful' because 'we're describing something as impressive that is causing real harm for patients'. More than one in five of respondents could not work out the phrase 'your tumour is progressing', which means a patient's cancer is worsening. And the majority of participants failed to recognise that 'positive lymph no
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    The deputy chair of NHS England has said it should be as ‘demanding’ of medical cover in obstetrics and neonatal care as it is for emergency departments, to improve safety in the wake of repeated care scandals. Sir Andrew Morris, who was the long-serving chief executive officer of the well-regarded Frimley Health Foundation Trust, said the service would “expect a consultant to be on duty in an emergency department [from] 8am till 10pm, or midnight, seven days a week”. Speaking at NHS England’s public board meeting yesterday, Sir Andrew said: “We haven’t set that similar expectation o
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    When 85-year-old Koulla fell at home, her family immediately rang for an ambulance. She was in agonising pain - she had broken her hip. It was around 8pm. It took another 14 hours for an ambulance to get to her, leaving her pregnant granddaughter to care for her through the night. When they arrived the crews were able to give her pain relief and quickly transported her to the Royal Cornwall Hospital. But there the wait continued - there were around 30 ambulances queuing to handover patients to A&E staff. It was another 26 hours before she was taken inside to A&E.
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    Ambulance services across England are set to go on strike before Christmas as thousands of paramedics and call handlers voted for action. The announcement by union Unison comes as the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) confirmed 100,000 nurses across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will walk out on 15 and 20 December. The union is calling for action on pay and a big increase in staff numbers, warning that unless these things happen, services will continue to decline. Saffron Cordery, interim chief of NHS Providers, said on BBC radio four: “I think in terms of the ambulance strik
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    Intensive care doctors in Germany have warned that hospital paediatric units in the country are stretched to breaking point in part due to rising cases of respiratory infections among infants. The intensive care association DIVI said the seasonal rise in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases and a shortage of nurses was causing a “catastrophic situation” in hospitals. RSV is a common, highly contagious virus that infects nearly all babies and toddlers by the age of two, some of whom can fall seriously ill. Experts say the easing of coronavirus pandemic restrictions means RSV is aff
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    More than 1,000 referrals to admit very sick or premature babies to neonatal units were rejected in the last year due to a lack of beds, data obtained by HSJ has revealed. Nineteen trusts turned down a total of 2,721 requests to admit a baby to their level three neonatal intensive care unit – those for the most serious cases – specifically due to a lack of a bed, between 2019-20 and 2021-22, with 1,345 such refusals taking place in 2021-22. Experts told HSJ the issue – which appears to have led to families having to travel very long distances from their homes – was due to a shortage
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    Whistleblowers at one of England's worst performing hospital trusts have said a climate of fear among staff is putting patients at risk. Former and current clinicians at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Trust allege they were punished by management for raising safety concerns, a BBC Newsnight investigation found. One insider said the trust was "a bit like the mafia". The trust said it took "patient safety very seriously". It said it had a "high reporting culture of incidents" to ensure accountability and learning. Staff concerns included a dangerous shortage of nur
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    The World Health Organization (WHO) announces that the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, Republic of Korea, has achieved maturity level four (ML4), the highest level in WHO’s classification of regulatory authorities for medical products. WHO has formally assessed the medical product regulatory authorities of 33 countries, of which only the Republic of Korea is listed as attaining this level in regulation for both locally produced as well as imported medicines and vaccines. This achievement represents an important milestone for the Republic of Korea and for the world, signifying that the M
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    Public health leaders were slow to act on repeated warnings over Christmas 2020 that contact tracing and isolation should be triggered immediately after a positive lateral flow test result, leaked evidence to the Covid inquiry shows. A scathing “lessons learned” document written by Dr Achim Wolf, a senior test and trace official, and submitted to the inquiry, gives his account of a trail of missed opportunities to improve the NHS test-and-trace regime in the first winter and spring of the pandemic – before vaccines were available. It suggests that people will have unnecessarily sprea
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    More than 200 people who died last week in England are estimated to have been affected by problems with urgent and emergency care, according to the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. Dr Adrian Boyle, who is also a consultant in emergency medicine, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that a failure to address problems discharging patients to social care was a “massive own goal”. Ambulances had become “wards on wheels” while patients waited to get hospital treatment, Boyle said, adding that those most at risk “are the people that the ambulance can’t go to because it’s
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    A woman spent “four hours watching her mother dying on the floor waiting for an ambulance in a journey that should take just ten minutes”, the Irish Oireachtas Health Committee was told today. Committee deputy chairman Sean Crowe said the “woman died on her way to hospital”. Her bereaved daughter was left with the memory of her mother “gasping for breath”, he told Health Minister Stephen Donnelly. He said ambulance delays, compounded by them having to wait backed up for hours outside hospitals because of a lack of trolleys in emergency departments, were leading to serious conseq
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    The webpage includes information on: Secure workspaces Searching for clinical trials Training and support Legal framework Transition period
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    Key findings 76% of Americans surveyed said they have not had a positive patient experience in the past three months 60% of people surveyed said they have had a negative healthcare experience. 44% of people who report having a positive patient experience said they would tell someone about it, but 52% who have had bad experiences would do so. 40% of those surveyed rated the quality of healthcare in the United States as very good or good, down six percentage points since March 2022 and nearly 20 points from March 2020. 64% of those surveyed said their own healthca
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    The report identified: Poor practice including a lack of proper clinical investigation. Inaccurate diagnosis. Poor prescribing practices. Poor record keeping. Lack of openness and effective communication. Inappropriate treatment The risks of clinicians working in isolation. The expert panel has made specific recommendations for RQIA including: Ensuring that patients have direct access to doctors’ letters. Ensuring proper multidisciplinary team working. Tackling isolation in clinicians working alone. These important rec
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    The UK is not in a significantly better place to deal with a new pandemic, the former vaccine taskforce chief has said, as a leading public health expert suggested Covid infections may be on the rise again. Dame Kate Bingham, the managing partner at the life sciences venture capital firm SV Health Investors, headed the UK’s vaccine taskforce between May and December 2020. Speaking to a joint session of the Commons health and social care committee and the science and technology committee, about lessons learned during the pandemic, Bingham said many of the initiatives set up by the ta
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    A consultant surgeon refused to attend hospital to carry out urgent surgery at a trust which later had upper gastrointestinal surgery suspended after an unannounced Care Quality Commission visit. The CQC report into upper GI surgery at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton – based on an inspection in August – said incident reports revealed occasions when upper GI surgeons could not be contacted or refused to come into hospital to treat patients. In one case, a consultant would not come in to carry out urgent surgery, it added. Low numbers of surgeons meant the on-call rota for
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    This session hosted by the Advancing Quality Alliance (Aqua) aims to help Senior Leaders in the NHS understand the what, why and how of the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) and what it means in terms of responsibilities, assurance, and review of investigation outcomes (moving from blame towards learning and improvement). This event is aimed at Executive and Non-Executive Directors. Register
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    This session hosted by the Advancing Quality Alliance (Aqua) aims to help Senior Leaders in the NHS understand the what, why and how of the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) and what it means in terms of responsibilities, assurance, and review of investigation outcomes (moving from blame towards learning and improvement). This event is aimed at Executive and Non-Executive Directors. Register (Please note, this event will be repeated on 5 December 2022)
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