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    I mainly object to the name; Physician Associate infers that the person is a physician. It should be Physician's Associate or Physician's Assistant. Many patients have told me they think PAs are junior doctors, training to be GPs I have also heard of PAs overstepping the work they are legally qualified & allowed to do and speaking as if they are doctors. They are not. They are helpers. They earn a very good salary. (£40,000+) I would never see one if I needed a doctor.
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    I’m so sorry that you have joined the ranks of those of us who were not given the correct information about hysteroscopy, and have suffered. The lack of care, respect, honesty and professionalism is truly shocking. You may be interested in The Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy, which has a Facebook and web page, as well as @HysteroscopyA on Twitter. CAPH has a survey, completed by over 5,000 women, detailing their awful experiences, and you may wish to complete one. If you feel up to it, put in a complaint. Another good way of highlighting your traumatic experience, is to detail it on Care Opinion, which is an independent organisation that highlights people’s experiences of health care, unlike the NHS which marks its own homework. The hospital concerned will be highlighted, and you may post anonymously. Sadly, so many of us understand and are able to empathise.
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    The trouble is Elizabeth, that the government indemnified the vaccine manufacturers. To bring forward a group action, you first need to find a solicitor willing to represent a product liability/defectiveness claim and so far we have found none. The only solicitor doing this is not accepting any more claimants and has only accepted claimants damage due to Vaccine Induced Thrombosis and Thrombocytopenia. So, were left with a vaccine damage payment scheme that is ineffective and not fit for purpose and no legal recourse. In effect we're stitched up.
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    @ClaraR_ose Thank you for sharing your experience. I am so sorry you went through such pain. At Patient Safety Learning we continue to call for more research and training in this area, and for all pain management options to be consistently offered to, and discussed with, women undergoing IUD procedures. Most importantly we are calling for women to be listened to and their experiences routinely captured by health services so the extent of these experiences can be fully understood. We have featured on the hub a couple of research projects around painful IUD procedures. Although both have now closed, I've copied the links below as both provide contact details from the leads on the research if you wanted to follow up with them and speak to them about their research and campaigns: Coil procedures: Exploring negative experiences through qualitative research (an interview with Sabrina Pilav) The pain of my IUD fitting was horrific…and I’m not alone
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    Today's medical system totally overlooks one of the most horrifying patient safety issues. That issue is when patients declared dead REVIVE. In my 80+ year lifetime, two doctors have blown the whistle in this arena, reporting that there are quite a few more instances of reviving than make it into public media. The concern among doctors and institutions is the appearance of medical malpractice. (It's only the appearance, doctors aren't God and can't be sure in just the short time they are given.) If you're lucky, you may revive in a morgue. If not, you may revive in the cremation oven or underground. Those "unlucky" cases WILL NEVER BE KNOWN. but statistically, we can be sure they happen more or less regularly. Keep in mind that determination of death is VERY skimpy, requiring only a few minutes of no heartbeat and breathing. There have been studies finding that the brain can actually keep working for some HOURS. Victorian era evidence showed coffin linings being ripped by the occupant. The main reason for this callous disregard of patient safety may well be that a fictitious "brain dead" declaration, applied to patients who are still artificially breathing and circulating blood, is used to HARVEST VALUABLE ORGANS. Big Bucks Bend Rules. The true state of the patient is hidden by NOT keeping an EEG unit connected and monitored throughout the 3-4 hour procedure. Far more cruel, the patients are ONLY GIVEN PARALYSIS DRUGS, NO PAINKILLING ANESTHETICS. If they start feeling pain during organ harvesting, nobody will know except the torture victim. So reader, remember that ALL of us can be subject to this form of potential torture and we ALL should be helping to require making reviving impossible, at least when a patient requests it. To me, this should be right at the TOP of the patient safety topic lists. I suggest it's about time for medical professionals to acknowledge that there is an unknown number of revive-after-declared death cases which, due to fears of being called out for malpractice, never get made known to the public. Thus, the public does not have a fair picture of how serious this problem may be. I suggest that it's long overdue for medicine to adopt methods where a patient is assured that once death has been declared, a method of preventing reviving will be applied, probably on request. I suggest that a simple way might be to inject a couple of hundred milligrams (in solution) of morphine into the heart or major artery. This can be done with materials on hand and is minimally inconvenient for the attending physicians. A really sure method would be the draining of blood. Autopsy facilities should be able to accomplish that without a lot of difficulty. I suggest that the current practice of telling the patient "The mortuary will take care of that" is INSUFFICIENT - a patient has no way of knowing what will happen once they are shipped out of the hospital morgue. So I say "C'mon doctors! You are highly educated in physiology -- DO YOUR PATIENTS A GREAT KINDNESS AND SET UP A SYSTEM FOR THIS NEED." Thanks for all the medical system does, in spite of this one failing, Eleanor Weiss
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    This new qualitative study might be of interest to those who have experienced dental diagnostic error or diagnostic failure. It's a start in building research evidence around the harms that can be caused. Patients’ experiences of dental diagnostic failures: A qualitative study using social media (April 2024)
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    Ugh, that sounds frustrating! Dealing with unnecessary hoops for a simple inhaler replacement can be a real hassle. The idea of classifying experienced patients as 'expert patients' is brilliant – could save a lot of time and streamline the process
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    Reaching out to NHS professionals involved in transporting and delivering drugs is a smart move. Collaborating with them can provide valuable insights and help streamline procedures.
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    Last week in Geneva the World Health Organisation Executive Board approved the “draft global action plan for infection prevention and control, 2024‒2030: draft global action plan and monitoring framework” and this will now proceed to the World Health Assembly in May for ratification by all WHO Member States. This very detailed action plan with its set of indicators, outlines a plan for countries and health care facilities to achieve the global vision that by 2030, everyone accessing or providing health care is safe from associated infections. A set of annexes go into the detail on the indicators and key players that will be instrumental in implementation of the plan once it has been ratified. There's a big focus on ensuring that in each country, IPC programmes are aligned with and contribute to other complementary national programmes’ strategies and documents, this is where the IPC-patient safety-quality-AMR interlinkages, relationships and collaborations (to name but a few programmes) come into play. The plan also addresses the need for political commitment, health worker knowledge, data for action, advocacy and communications, research and development and collaboration and stakeholders’ support. A theory of change is available. 2024 offers to be an interesting year for those working to improve infection prevention and control as one part of patient and health worker safety and quality.
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    The latest stat I heard is that each hospital generates more information than the Library of Congress. That is meant to store all media created (although I think that excludes Tik Tok videos and social media). I don't have a timescale for this but, if true, it's pretty impressive and also somewhat intimidating.
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    I have created a policy using the templates. I've submitted it but had no feedback as yet. Will report back on my success/failure
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    This case study focuses on a North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust project. The lead consultant for the service was concerned that the clinical pathways were not optimised and bottlenecks were delaying access, assessment and diagnosis of patients. As a result there were delays to initiating treatment. In addition to potential harm to patients this was resulting in inefficient and wasteful use of resources. Following pathway changes, value and efficiency impact was noted in the following areas: Because head CT scans are provided by a neighbouring acute trust, reducing the number of patients referred had a direct impact on service cost as well as releasing capacity in the wider system. Comparing baseline activity with the review period showed a 30% reduction in CT scan referrals and a £7,800 direct cost saving. The number of patients not attending appointments reduced from 572 in the baseline period to 379 after implementing pathway changes. While not a cash releasing saving this improved overall efficiency and productivity for the service and contributed to a reduction in overall unit price per attendance. At the start of the project, the average unit price for patients attending the memory service was £280.93. Through a combination of direct cost savings and efficiency and productivity gains arising from the revised pathway, this figure had reduced to £205.12 in the review period. Do you have a cost-saving or efficiency case study to share? What were the patient safety implications? Do you have resources or knowledge to share that can help others make positive changes? Comment below (sign in or register here for free first), or get in touch with us at content@pslhub.org to tell your story.
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    Hi Fiona, As you are already a member of the hub, please email support@PSLhub.org with a request to be added to the group.
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    "One of the best examples I saw involved a case in which a worker was about to move a vehicle and trailer. The keys were in the ignition, but before starting the vehicle, he decided to perform a walkaround and discovered a mechanic was working underneath the trailer. Together, they agreed to take the keys out of the ignition and established a tagging system to ensure nobody else would inadvertently move the equipment while it was being worked on."[1] According to this article by Safety Management Group, just like near-miss reporting, a formal good catch program promotes reporting and learning while providing important metrics that can be tracked and trended over time. It turns an organisation's safety philosophy into a clear reality. Do you use a 'good catch' reporting system in your health and social care setting? Has it made a difference to safety culture or behaviour? How easy was it to implement? Do you recognise and/or celebrate staff for reporting incidents? Or perhaps this is something you'd like to implement. What would you like to ask others who have tried it? Share your experiences and questions in the comments below. You'll need to register for free first. Related reading: Near-Miss and Good-Catch Reporting Promote a culture of safety with good catch reports Using good catches to increase worker ownership of safety 5 Examples of good catches in healthcare and how to implement a near miss campaign [1] SMB. Using good catches to increase worker ownership of safety. Accessed online 9/08/23.
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    Thanks Clive - love to hear thoughts from those dealing with this in clinical practice
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    @Tom Rose @Rosanna Hunt @JonathanK @Pramjit @Avashinee @Emma W I am sorry I have not followed this up. Please get in touch with me at perbinder@gmail.com or my LinkedIn profile www.linkedin.com/in/perbindergrewal. I am very interested in how behaviours and culture impacts on PS. Thanks
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    @BDF @Jo Griffin @Greenfingers @Stefanie If any of you would be interested in sharing your perspectives as a parent in a blog about these issues, please do get in touch with us at content@patientsafetylearning.org. We can offer editorial support and blogs can be anonymous
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    Hi @Flávia Thank you for responding. Your collaborative project sounds very interesting, we would love to hear more. Please do get in touch via content@pslhub.org.
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    Research suggests that women may receive poorer medical attention when it comes to pain, including being misdiagnosed or undertreated. This may be due to historical lack of representation of women in clinical trials for pain medication and implicit biases held by healthcare providers. To address this issue, it is important to raise awareness among healthcare providers and ensure that women are adequately represented in clinical trials. Patients can also advocate for themselves by being open and honest about their symptoms and advocating for the pain treatment they need.
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    Infiltration is when fluid or intravenous drugs are administered to a patient (which are given to patients into a vein through a cannula or other device) inadvertently leak into the tissue surrounding a vein by mistake. Extravasation is when infiltration occurs but the drugs involved are called vesicants which can damage the tissue and cause serious harm to the patient. The National Infusion and Vascular Access Society (NIVAS) are leading a campaign, to improve awareness of infiltration and extravasation and reduce avoidable harm. Do you have insights to share on this topic? Perhaps you are a patient who has had an extravasation injury? Or a healthcare professional who has insights to share around making improvements? Share your thoughts below (you'll need to register for free here first).
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    Thanks for sharing Sian. We have some resources on the hub from AHRQ on TeamSTEPPS which uses CUS if hub members want to find out more: AHRQ course- TeamSTEPPS® for diagnosis improvement AHRQ - TeamSTEPPS teamwork system AHRQ: TeamSTEPPS® – tools and tactics for good teamwork
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    I worked in the USA for 20 years and as an ED manager, we started a "Phew" campaign in my department. Basically, any near miss ,where inside, you literally have that "Phew, thank goodness that did not happen" moment, then that is reported as a near miss. Staff easily recognised that feeling, either kept it internally or shared with colleagues but we asked staff to report these on our patient safety software, so we could address patient safety issues, trends or system issues. Staff were commended for their openess and rewarded for their contribution to patient safety and prevention of a bad outcome. Happy for anyone to emulate. 🙂
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