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  1. News Article
    One of the country’s smallest trusts recorded 277 serious incidents over a two-year period, HSJ can reveal. Delays in treatment, missed diagnoses, adverse media coverage and “suboptimal” care were among the hundreds of serious incidents reported at the struggling Isle of Wight Trust from the start of 2018 and up to November 2019. There were also two never events in 2019 — a “wrong site” surgery and an incident in which a patient was mistakenly connected to an air flow meter, rather than an oxygen supply. The trust said the level of incidents did not neccessarily reflect poor car
  2. News Article
    A young woman was left with a retained foreign object, after surgery in an India hospital. A checklist could have avoided her death. The response from the health officials was: “We have issued a show-cause notice to the staff seeking an explanation. We will initiate departmental action based on their replies and finding of our inquiry.” In the fields of healthcare quality and patient safety, such punitive measures of “naming and shaming” have not worked. T.S. Ravikumar, President, AIIMS Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh, moved back to India eight years ago with the key motive to improve ac
  3. Content Article
    Some aspects of COVID-19 presentation and treatment present special challenges for safely confirming nasogastric tube position. The dense ground-glass x-ray images can make x-ray interpretation more difficult, and the increasing use of proning manoeuvres in conscious patients increases the risk of regurgitation of gastric contents into the oesophagus and aspiration into the lungs which will render pH checks less reliable This aide-memoire is not designed to replace existing, established, NHSI compliant practice of NG confirmation. If a critical care provider is in the fortunate situation
  4. Content Article
    The patient was a 62-year-old man who underwent hip replacement surgery. During his surgery, incompatible prostheses made by different manufacturers were used. The error was identified when data from the procedure was recorded in the National Joint Registry several days later. The investigation centred on how the error occurred and what safety recommendations we could make to reduce the risk of a similar event happening again. The investigation focuses on hip replacement surgery but the findings are applicable to all orthopaedic joint replacements.
  5. Content Article
    Vaginal swabs and surgical tampons (larger than tampons used by women during their menstrual cycle) are used to absorb bodily fluids in a number of procedures both in delivery suites and surgical theatres on maternity wards. They are intended to be removed once a procedure is complete. Retained vaginal swabs are classed as a ‘never event’. A never event is a serious incident that is entirely preventable. Data compiled by NHS England/Improvement shows that accidental retention of vaginal swabs is the most common in the ‘retained foreign objects’ category. The report sets out the case
  6. News Article
    The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) is calling for action to be taken after a recent report suggests little progress has been made to prevent errors within the perioperative environment. The patient safety charity made the call following the release of NHS Improvement’s latest Never Event report; Provisional publication of Never Events reported as occurring between 1 April and 31 December 2019, which revealed an alarming 81% (284) of the never events recorded happened while a patient was on the operating table. Lindsay Keeley, patient safety and quality lead at AfPP sai
  7. Content Article
    BAPEN recognises that resources will be limited and often patchy depending on availability of appropriately trained staff – doctors, nurses, dietitians and pharmacists. The demands posed by large numbers of COVID -19 patients with pneumonia, especially on CPAP or ventilators in critical care and intensive care settings will test the capacity of all involved. It follows that special care still needs to be taken to ensure nutritional support is given where indicated whilst avoiding complications associated with tube misplacement in the lungs or oesophagus followed by infusion of nutrients, drugs
  8. Content Article
    Key findings The study findings suggest that the designation of a NE as a NE is dependent on the individual/type of NE and that NEs were reportedly rare. Although GPs were more likely to disagree with the NE label for the more frequently occurring NEs, this was not in proportion to their increased frequency of occurrence. Most GPs remained unconvinced that the risk can be eliminated for any of the NEs. GPs do, however, seem to take the actual and potential occurrence of such events seriously given that 99% stated an intention to undertake a significant event analysis a
  9. Content Article
    The study achieved its aim of beginning a consensus building process to develop and validate a preliminary list of candidate never events for primary care dentistry. Consensus was achieved on a list of nine candidate never events covering a range of potentially serious system wide issues, most of which relate to patient safety checking procedures. At the time of publication, this was one of a small number of dental studies with an explicit focus in terms of developing a tool to help improve patient safety related work practices and performance in this setting, potentially reducing risks t
  10. Content Article
    For fires to occur, heat, fuel and oxygen must be present. Oxygen was a factor in half of the surgical fire cases reviewed, usually when the concentration of oxygen being delivered for ventilation wasn’t reduced sufficiently during electro- or laser surgery on the head, neck or upper chest. Most of the burns that weren’t caused by fire involved heat from equipment. These cases included surgeons using the wrong device or settings, as well as issues with the maintenance, malfunction or positioning of devices. Cases involving fuel were usually caused by the unsafe use of alcohol-based antise
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