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  1. Content Article
    This handbook produced by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is designed to help NHS governing bodies and audit committees in reviewing and reassessing their system of governance, risk management and control. This is to make sure the governance remains effective and fit for purpose, whilst also ensuring that there is a robust system of assurance to evidence it.
  2. Content Article
    Home dying is a policy indicator of ‘quality dying’ in many high-income countries, but there is evidence that people living in areas of higher deprivation have a reduced likelihood of dying at home. However, there is limited research which centres the views and experiences of people living with both socioeconomic deprivation and serious advanced illness. This study used visual methods to address this gap in knowledge, focusing on barriers to and experiences of home dying for people experiencing poverty and deprivation in the UK. The authors used photovoice and professional documentary photography between April 2021 and March 2023 with eight participants with serious advanced illness, six of whom had died by the end of the study. They also worked with four bereaved family members to create digital stories.
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    In this long read, inews health correspondent Paul Gallagher looks at the processes now in place to ensure patient safety in blood transfusions and mitigate the risk of another infected blood scandal. He talks to Will Irving, Professor of Virology at the University of Nottingham, who outlines at although the risk is low, there may be transmission risks associated with blood transfusions that we are not yet aware of. The article also describes the work of the Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) committee, which has been collecting and analysing anonymised information on adverse events and reactions in blood transfusion from all healthcare organisations that are involved in the transfusion of blood and blood components in the UK since 1996.
  4. News Article
    England's patient safety commissioner says her calls for changes following failings highlighted in three health scandals are "falling on deaf ears". Dr Henrietta Hughes made the comments at a meeting in Westminster on Tuesday of MPs and campaigners of medical scandals. It comes after Sir Brian Langstaff's highlighted a decades-long "subtle, pervasive, chilling" cover-up by successive governments and the NHS in the conclusion of his report on the infected blood scandal. Like the victims of that scandal, those affected by epilepsy drug Valproate, as well as vaginal mesh implants, and the hormone pregnancy test Primodos, are also waiting on the government to implement a redress scheme. The three campaign groups have already had a combined review. In July 2020, the Cumberlege review found similar failings to the blood scandal: damaging products, poor regulatory decisions, and one government after another refusing to accept wrong had been done. In February this year, the patient safety commissioner set out her "blueprint" of a redress scheme for victims. However, Ms Hughes, who attended the First Do No Harm All Parliamentary group meeting, said on Tuesday: "I'm itching to get the changes that are needed, but I feel my words are falling on deaf ears." Read full story Source: Sky News, 21 May 2024
  5. News Article
    An artificial intelligence (AI) system that sends text messages to alert hospital physicians about the high risk for mortality in their patients reduces the number of deaths, according to a study published in Nature Medicine. Chin-Sheng Lin, PhD, associate professor of cardiology at the Tri-Service General Hospital of the National Defense Medical Center in Taipei, Taiwan, and his colleagues have developed an AI system that identifies patients with a high risk for mortality on the basis of a 12-lead ECG. The system is intended to identify patients who would benefit from intensified care. "It is widely acknowledged that providing intensive care to critically ill patients reduces mortality. Delays in providing intensive care for critically ill patients result in catastrophic outcomes. Most in-hospital cardiac arrests are potentially preventable; however, the early signs of deterioration might be difficult to identify," wrote the researchers. The authors emphasized that exactly how the AI warning messages lead to a decrease in overall mortality must still be clarified. But the results suggest that they help in detecting high-risk patients, triggering timely clinical care, and reducing mortality, they wrote. Read full story Source: Medscape, 21 May 2024
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    Attacks on health workers, hospitals and clinics in conflict zones jumped 25% last year to their highest level on record, a new report has found. While the increase was largely driven by new wars in Gaza and Sudan, continuing conflicts such as Ukraine and Myanmar also saw such attacks continue “at a relentless pace,” the Safeguarding Health in Conflict coalition said. Researchers recorded more than 2,500 incidents of “violence against or obstruction of healthcare” in 2023, including the killing or kidnapping of health workers and the bombing, looting and occupation of hospitals. The coalition called for national and international prosecutions of “war crimes and crimes against humanity involving attacks on the wounded and sick, health facilities and health workers.” Its report highlighted cases of attacks on children’s hospitals and sites running immunisation campaigns, leaving people vulnerable to infectious diseases. It also warned of a new trend in which drones armed with explosive weapons are used to target health facilities. Leonard Rubenstein, of the Johns Hopkins school of public health, who chairs the coalition, said violence inflicted on healthcare workers and facilities had “reached appalling levels”. The report included examples where workers had been deliberately targeted, and others where combatants were reckless or indifferent to the harm caused, he said. “The lack of restraint we are seeing, from the beginning of conflicts, suggests to me that the law on protecting healthcare has had no meaning to combatants.” Read full story Source: The Guardian, 22 May 2024
  7. News Article
    A former Team GB rower claims a treatment she underwent for long Covid leaves participants feeling "blamed" for being ill. Oonagh Cousins was offered a free place on a course run by the Lightning Process, which teaches people they can rewire their brains to stop or improve long Covid symptoms quickly. Ms Cousins, who contracted Covid in March 2020, said it "exploits" people. However, the programme's founder denied it blames patients for their illness, saying that was completely at odds with the concepts of the programme Ms Cousins had reached a career goal many athletes can only dream of - being selected for the Olympics - when she developed long Covid. By the time the cancelled 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo were rescheduled for 2021, Ms Cousins was too ill to take part. When she went public with her struggles, she was approached by the Lightning Process. It offered her a free place on a three-day course, which usually costs around £1,000. "They were trying to suggest that I could think my way out of the symptoms, basically. And I disputed that entirely," the former rower said. "I had a very clearly physical illness. And I felt that they were blaming my negative thought processes for why I was ill." She added: "They tried to point out that I had depression or anxiety. And I said 'I'm not, I'm just very sick'." Prof Danny Altmann, a leading long Covid researcher, says such behavioural approaches disregard the "mass" of underlying damage in patients that can be measured in tests. Read full story Source: BBC News, 21 May 2024
  8. News Article
    The chief executive of an acute trust operating in one of the country’s most troubled healthcare economies has admitted his organisation is struggling to get the most from its top of the range electronic patient record system three years after rollout. Royal Devon University Healthcare Foundation Trust implemented the Epic EPR in October 2020, but the system is still causing problems with reporting performance. In an interview with HSJ, chief executive Sam Higginson described Epic as a “Rolls-Royce of an EPR”, but he added: “For lots of different reasons we’re still driving it a little bit like it’s a Ford Focus. He added: “We assumed by installing an EPR that basically it would have a sufficient level of functionality that we could switch off pretty much everything else. But then you find actually it doesn’t quite have the functionality you thought it did, or you don’t quite know how to use it.” However, Mr Higginson said the trust’s use of the EPR was improving “every month”, and the trust is testing a new cancer reporting module which it hopes will resolve the reporting problems. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 21 May 2024
  9. Content Article
    This is part of our series of Patient Safety Spotlight interviews, where we talk to people working for patient safety about their role and what motivates them. Mark talks to us about his role as a National Patient Safety Partner (PSP). He explains the important role that PSPs play at national, regional and local levels of the healthcare system and identifies key opportunities and challenges they face in bringing the voice of patients and families at a strategic level. He also highlights the challenge of implementing the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) across a diverse range of providers and the complexities arising where PSIRF interfaces with systems and processes outside of the NHS.
  10. Content Article
    The use of restrictive interventions, such as mechanical restraints, has been a common practice in behavioural health settings since the field’s early infancy. The use of restraints has a harmful impact on both patients and providers alike, working against the therapeutic treatment environment aimed to support the healing journey. In this quality improvement project, the use of mechanical restraints was fully eliminated from a 252-bed inpatient setting in the US. This was achieved using a strategy of leadership, workplace development and data, and performance was sustained over the following year.
  11. Content Article
    This study in Surgery aimed to assess the impact of presenting the STOPS framework (stop, talk to your team, obtain help, plan, succeed) on how surgeons cope in the operating room. It also looked at the related outcome of burnout and examined sex differences. The results suggest that there is evidence of efficacy in the STOPS framework—female surgeons who were presented this material reported higher levels of coping in the operating room compared to those who did not receive the framework. In addition, an increase in coping ability was associated with reduced levels of burnout for both genders.
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    This study in Surgery aimed to investigate the accuracy of ChatGPT-4’s surgical decision-making compared with general surgery residents and attending surgeons. Five clinical scenarios were created from actual patient data based on common general surgery diagnoses. Scripts were developed to sequentially provide clinical information and ask decision-making questions. Responses to the prompts were scored based on a standardised rubric for a total of 50 points. Each clinical scenario was run through Chat GPT-4 and sent electronically to all general surgery residents and attendings at a single institution. Scores were compared using Wilcoxon rank sum tests. The results showed that, when faced with surgical patient scenarios, ChatGPT-4 performed superior to junior residents and equivalent to senior residents and attendings. The authors argue that large language models, such as ChatGPT, may have the potential to be an educational resource for junior residents to develop surgical decision-making skills.
  13. Community Post
    Hi @DKJoker84 You can email enquiries@ukcvfamily.org if you are interested in joining UKCVFamily's support forum for people who have experienced vaccine injury. They may be able to offer some signposting to research regarding your symptoms and services that can offer further support.
  14. Content Article
    This paper was presented to the NHS England board at its public session on 16 May 2024. It discusses the effect the pandemic has had on NHS productivity with details of NHS England’s estimates for the drivers of the loss of productivity observed. It also discusses the emerging plan to improve productivity in the coming years.
  15. Content Article
    These action cards developed by Mark Rigby, Head of Theatre Services at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, contain a checklist of actions to be taken in the event of: incorrect swab count incorrect instrument count incorrect missing sutures or small metal items count
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