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    I am Patient Safety Learning's Business and Policy Manager. Prior to this I worked in a range of different roles for Alzheimer's Society and two Members of Parliament. I have a strong interest in reforming the social care system and improving patient safety.
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  1. Content Article
    What is an Adjournment Debate? There is a 30 minute Adjournment Debate at the end of each day's sitting of the House of Commons. They provide an opportunity for an individual backbench MP to raise an issue and receive a response from the relevant Minister. Unlike many other debates, these take place without a question which the House of Commons must then make a decision on. Diagnosis of pulmonary embolisms In this debate Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, outlined significant patient safety issues relating to misdiagnosis of pulmonary embolisms. She highlighted concerns
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    The report highlights six key themes, identified from discussions and good practice ideas, to help develop a safety culture: Leadership Continuous learning and improvement Measurement and systems Teamwork and communication Psychological safety Inclusion, diversity and narrowing healthcare inequalities It also provides a brief overview of three case studies, with links to full versions of these on the FutureNHS Collaboration Platform.
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    Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Member of Parliament (MP) for Streatham, who secured this debate, highlighted some of the key statistics around black maternal health and mortality in the UK: Black babies have a 121% increased risk of stillbirth and a 50% increased risk of neonatal death. Asian babies have a 55% increased risk of stillbirth and a 66% increased risk of neonatal mortality. Black women have a 43% higher risk of miscarriage, and black ethnicity is now regarded as a risk factor for miscarriage. She also referred to the findings of black maternal experiences survey carri
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    In September 2020, the Scottish Government formally announced that it would appoint a Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland. This was in response to one the key recommendations set out in the First Do No Harm report, published earlier that year by the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (also known as the Cumberlege Review). The Scottish Government subsequently set up a Patient Reference Group to discuss and provide input into developing the initial proposals and published these for public consultation on 5 March 2021. Remit Following the public consultation, th
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    The report considers four main themes: 1) Tackling inequalities The report sets out that there are persistent, major inequalities in access to and experience of healthcare services. To help tackle this, it states that the system as a whole needs to improve the way it collects data about the protected characteristics of complainants, so that we can see start to identify any differences in how care is delivered, and how complaints are handled. 2) Regulating for new risks It highlights that the way health and care are funded and delivered is changing. There is an increase in ‘
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    Key points in this article include: Glove misuse contributes to the transmission of healthcare-associated infectionsAppropriate and timely hand hygiene is essential in preventing transmission of infectionsEmotion, socialisation and personal preference influence health professionals’ glove useFear about contracting Covid-19 has dominated decision-making about glove useGlove misuse may have increased rates of hospital-acquired infections during the Covid-19 pandemic
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    Tools and guides Patient safety incident investigation report template Introduction to SEIPS Four tools to help in the initial stages of a learning response Four guides to inform a response to a patient safety incident or cluster of incidents Four guides to support the exploration of everyday work Two tools to enable organisations to respond to broad patient safety issues Two tools to support information gathering and synthesis of information Developing safety actions
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    This article sets out six ways hospitals can ensure patient safety during treatment: Provide Patient Centric Quality Care Design Purpose-Built Hospital Adopt a Health Management System Formulate and Revise Staffing Policies Enforce Safety Protocols Educate the Staff and Patients about Safety Policies