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  1. Content Article
    The guidance explains the Plan, Do, Check, Act approach and shows how it can help you achieve a balance between the systems and behavioural aspects of management. It also treats health and safety management as an integral part of good management generally, rather than as a stand-alone system. The revised edition has advice on: the core elements of managing for health and safety deciding if you are doing what you need to do delivering effective arrangements useful resources.
  2. Content Article
    October 2022 - Reminiscence Interactive Therapeutic Activities RITA systems, pressure ulcers on heels, post falls checklist, importance of carers care plans, Datix and LfPSE. patient-safety-newsletter-october2022 (1).pdf September 2022 - World Patient Safety Day, ordering and fitting mattress toppers, PSIRF, Sussex interpreting services, risk assessment to prevent pressure sores. patient-safety-newsletter-september2022.pdf August 2022 - Thematic review to discuss falls on the unit, Duty of Candour requirement, reporting a pressure ulcer on Datix, UTC and learning disability
  3. News Article
    Thirty-four hospital buildings in England have roofs made of concrete that is so unstable they could fall down at any time, ministers have admitted. The revelation has prompted renewed fears that ceilings at the hospitals affected might suddenly collapse, injuring staff and patients, and calls for urgent action to tackle the problem. Maria Caulfield, a health minister, made the disclosure in a written answer to a parliamentary question asked by the Liberal Democrats’ health spokesperson, Daisy Cooper. Caulfield said surveys carried out by the NHS found that 34 buildings at 16 di
  4. News Article
    A trust which rented 1,100 lone worker alarms has found just four were in use after a year. Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust rented the system for five years, with the contract starting in early 2021. But a year later only 51 of the units were assigned to a user, and just four were being used. Most of the users had not completed their training and 19 had not even logged into the system to set up a profile, according to an annual health and safety report covering 2021-22. The health and safety report said: “Unfortunately the system has yet to demonstrate value for money as the
  5. News Article
    People would rather go to England if they had a stroke than use the A&E at a north Wales hospital, a health watchdog has said. Inspectors said there was a "clear and significant risk to patient safety" after inspections at the department in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Denbighshire. North Wales Community Health Council's Geoff Ryall-Harvey said it was the "worst situation" they had seen. The report said inspectors found staff who were "working above and beyond in challenging conditions" during a period of "unrelenting demand". Many staff told them they were unhappy and struggling to c
  6. News Article
    NHS England has called for a “deep dive” into local evacuation and shelter arrangements, amid ongoing concerns about outdated and unsafe estate. NHS England’s director of emergency preparedness, resilience and response Stephen Groves wrote to trusts: “Following the publication of the updated evacuation and shelter guidance for the NHS in England, and recent work driven by the heightened risk associated with reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC), the 2022-23 EPRR annual deep dive will focus on local evacuation and shelter arrangements.” The letter, sent at the end of last week
  7. Content Article
    The report analyses responses from 955 perioperative practitioners – including Registered Nurses, Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and surgeons – surveyed in late 2021. Some key findings from the report include: Demand for a recognised, national training programme. 52% of perioperative practitioners have not received any education on the hazards of exposure to surgical smoke plume. However, 96% would attend training if it were made available. National guidance is needed to mandate the use of evacuation equipment during surgical procedures where surgical smoke plume
  8. News Article
    Two-thirds of defective breathing machines distributed by the health service have not been repaired or replaced in the 12 months since they were subject to a worldwide recall over safety concerns. Philips Respironics last year issued a field safety notice for a series of ventilation devices because the polyester-based foam used to dampen the noise of the machines can break down. The foam particles or potentially toxic chemicals may be inhaled or ingested by patients. Almost 8,000 of the affected machines have been contracted by the Health Safety Executive (HSE) for use in hospitals a
  9. News Article
    The chief executive of a hospital has said the building is not in a condition "we should expect any of our nearest and dearest to receive care" in. Kettering General Hospital chief executive Simon Weldon described the site as "a big hotchpotch of things, some things that are new, about 10 years old, to things that are 100 years old, and everything in between". He added: "Those are not conditions a modern hospital should be proud of, those are not conditions we should ask any staff to work in, they are not the conditions we should expect any of our nearest and dearest to receive care.
  10. Content Article
    Complaints from staff are not being heeded. Why is it that healthcare staff's opinions and pleas for their safety and the safety of patients do not matter? Here are just some examples of where safety has been compromised: Disposable gowns are being reused by keeping them in a room and then reusing after 3 days. There were no fit tests. Staff were informed by management that "one size fits all, no testers or kits available and no other trusts are doing it anyway". Only when the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced recently that fit tests were a legal requirement, then fi
  11. News Article
    Britain’s safety at work regulator refused to investigate reports from NHS trusts that 10 frontline staff had died as a result of catching Covid-19 during the pandemic. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) declined to look into at least 89 dangerous incidents that NHS trusts said involved healthcare workers being exposed to Covid, including 10 deaths. The stance taken by the HSE, which oversees workplace health and safety and can bring prosecutions, is disclosed in freedom of information requests by the Pharmaceutical Journal. It has prompted concern that the regulator is too strict
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
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