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  1. Event
    Webinar to report on progress with updating the ISO 23908 standard on safety mechanisms in the design and manufacture of devices and the prevention of sharps injuries. See the agenda below. Agenda for webinar on 22.06.22 at 09.00 updating the ISO 23908 standard on safety mechanisms and the prevention of sharps injuries.docx Click here to join the meeting
  2. News Article
    Patients’ lives are at risk because NHS hospitals have been allowed to crumble into disrepair, with ceilings collapsing and power cuts disrupting surgery. The number of clinical incidents linked to the failure to repair old buildings and faulty equipment has tripled in the past five years, an investigation by The Times found. Hundreds of vital NHS operations and appointments are being cancelled as a result of outdated infrastructure, undermining attempts by doctors to tackle record waiting lists. Recent incidents include an unconscious patient on a ventilator being trapped in a
  3. News Article
    A patient was left traumatised when his body caught on fire halfway through surgery - leaving his insides scorched. Mark, 52, went to hospital for a routine abscess removal - but woke up to the news that a freak accident in theatre had sparked an horrific blaze. A diathermy machine, used to stop bleeding, caused a swab to catch fire - before flames burnt their way through his exposed flesh, Mark explained. It took over a year for Mark - not his real name - to recover from his dreadful injuries - and the emotional scarring it caused. Between 2008 and 2018, 37 cases were ackn
  4. Content Article
    May 2022 - Why frailty matters’ week, audit of unstageable pressure ulcers reported on Datix and risk assessing pressure ulcer equipment. patient-safety-newsletter-may2022 (1).pdf April 2022 - ICUs engaging in recent table tops to discuss the falls prevention on the ward, paraffin fire risk leaflet, improving the environment for patients with dementia and safeguarding babies. patient-safety-newsletter-april2022.pdf March 2022 - Patients leaflet on what to expect from therapy during ICU admission and the aim of rehabilitation on the unit, falls alarm, falls in toilets and ba
  5. Content Article
    Sharps injuries pose a significant global risk to staff and patient safety, and many of these injuries are caused by incorrect disposal. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) estimates that there are 100,000 sharps injuries in healthcare in the UK every year,[1] and research by both the RCN and The European Biosafety Network highlights that the situation has worsened under the pressure of the Covid-19 pandemic.[2][3] There is also evidence that sharps injuries are underreported, meaning the number of incidents could be much higher.[2] The Safer Healthcare and Biosafety Network recently launched a
  6. Content Article
    In this article, I explore what we mean by patients falling, what the consequences are and what we should do to prevent the risks of falling. What is patient falling? Simply, the patient falling is defined as the patient falling to the ground, whether from a bed or chair or while walking, which can be caused by many factors. What are the causes of falls? Falls can happen for a number of reasons, many of the causes are common and there are many factors that can frequently increase the risk of falling in health facilities or outside them: Reasons related to the person
  7. Content Article
    You can use a risk assessment template to help you keep a simple record of: who might be harmed and how what you're already doing to control the risks what further action you need to take to control the risks who needs to carry out the action when the action is needed by.
  8. News Article
    The vast majority of HSE staff in the Republic of Ireland felt supported during the COVID-19 pandemic but more than half felt there has been a negative change in their working environment, a new survey has found. Staff across the health service were asked about their work, and responses from almost 13,000 staff showed a mixed impact since the pandemic with staff saying they were more enthusiastic about their job than in 2018 but were less optimistic about their future in the health service. Three in 10 said they had been subject to assault from the public in the past two years. One i
  9. Content Article
    The guidelines recommend a number of changes to training and preparation, including: Clinical staff of all grades should receive multidisciplinary training in their place of work as part of annual mandatory training, covering the management of a fire and evacuation of their work area. Nominated clinical staff should be trained to select and use fire extinguishers. Designing new and refurbished ICUs and operating theatres is an opportunity to incorporate mandatory fire safety features. New strategies covered in these guidelines include modern sprinkler systems, emergency low level
  10. News Article
    Nearly half the hospitals targeted in covid-related spot checks were found to be breaching health and safety laws. An unpublished Health and Safety Executive report found just five out of 17 acute hospitals inspected had high levels of compliance with measures to manage the risks around covid. Meanwhile, letters were sent to eight hospitals “formally requiring them to take remedial action to remedy contraventions of health and safety law”. The remaining four hospitals were given advice. The inspections — which involved 13 hospitals in England and two each in Scotland and Wales
  11. Content Article
    Key findings The survey results point to conclusions that seem to be equally applicable across different regions. Health workers in all countries need sufficient education and awareness to recognise and report workplace hazards. Workplace cultures must be improved to mandate appropriate reporting of hazards and to improve safety practices and especially to eliminate preventable bullying and harassment that can be intensified during an organisationally destabilising pandemic experience. The global health worker job market is very mobile like COVID-19, so lessons learned in one country
  12. Content Article
    5 steps to improve health worker safety and patient safety Establish synergies between health worker safety and patient safety policies and strategies: Develop linkages between occupational health and safety, patient safety, quality improvement, and infection prevention and control programmes. Incorporate requirements for health worker and patient safety in health care licensing and accreditation standards. Integrate staff safety and patient safety incident reporting and learning systems. Develop and implement national programmes for occupational health and safety of
  13. News Article
    A doctor and mother of two with just months left to live has warned of a “hidden epidemic” of asbestos-related cancers among NHS staff and patients because hospitals have failed to properly handle the toxic material. Kate Richmond, 44, has spoken out to raise awareness after she won a legal case against the NHS for negligently exposing her to asbestos while she was working as a medical student and junior doctor. An investigation by The Independent has learnt there have been 13 prosecutions linked to NHS breaches of regulations for the handling of asbestos since 2010, while 381 compen
  14. Content Article
    Hazardous Hospitals: Cultures of Safety in NHS General Hospitals, c.1960-Present is a three-year research project at the University of Warwick, funded by the Wellcome Trust. It is being conducted by Dr Christopher Sirrs. The publication of the Francis Report into healthcare failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in 2013 dramatically refocused public and political attention on issues of ‘safety’ in the National Health Service. ‘Safety’ has increasingly occupied the attention of policy makers in recent decades, with hospital managers establishing various systems and processes to
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