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  1. Content Article
    Addressing these safety challenges must be a key priority for the new Prime Minister and Health Secretary. This report makes five recommendations, highlighting the vital role that the intelligent collection and monitoring of patient safety data, and the rapid response to any concerns they raise, can play in the continuous improvement of patient safety. Underpinning all of these recommendations is the principle that, first and foremost, patient safety needs to be seen and truly understood from the patient’s perspective. Recommendations: The breadth of patient safety data needs to in
  2. News Article
    A report commissioned by Jeremy Hunt before he became Chancellor has highlighted how the pandemic ’stopped progress on patient safety in its tracks’ and called for more accurate data to be published on a range of measures. The National State of Patient Safety was funded by Mr Hunt’s Patient Safety Watch charity and produced by Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation. It highlights a rise in rates of MRSA and C. difficile since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, as well as an increase in deaths due to venous thromboembolism and hip fractures. The report said t
  3. News Article
    A coroner has written to the health secretary warning a lack of guidance around a bacteria that could contaminate new hospitals' water supply may lead to future deaths. It follows inquests into the deaths of Anne Martinez, 65, and Karen Starling, 54, who died a year after undergoing double lung transplants at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge in 2019. Both were exposed to Mycobacterium abscessus, likely to have come from the site's water supply. The coroner said there was evidence the risks of similar contamination was "especially acute for new hospitals". In a pre
  4. Content Article
    Coroner's concerns 1 It is recognised that M. abscessus poses a risk of death to those who are immunosuppressed. That will be so for many patients at specialist hospitals such as Royal Papworth and more generally for hospital patients. To date, 34 patients at Royal Papworth have contracted M. abscessus from the hospital’s water. Cases continue to be reported, albeit at a declining rate. 2 There is an incomplete understanding of how M. abscessus may enter and/or colonise a hospital water system. 3 Health Technical Memorandum 04-01 Safe Water in Healthcare Premises was published by
  5. Content Article
    World Antimicrobial Awareness Week resources Campaign guide WAAW events listing Go Blue for AMR resources Campaign materials
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    Chaired by Patient Safety Learning's Helen Hughes, and sponsored by BD, an expert panel will discuss what measures are needed to achieve transformational change in the way infection is detected, monitored, prevented, and managed across the NHS, healthcare systems and broader society. The session will touch on how industry, professional bodies and healthcare experts can work collaboratively to support the creation of a healthcare system which is resilient and mature in dealing with disease outbreak and pandemic preparedness, infection prevention, and rapid treatment of time-critical infect
  7. Content Article
    Rocco Friebel and Laia Maynou examined the prevalence of five avoidable in-hospital patient safety incidents (adverse drug reactions, hospital-acquired infections, pressure ulcers, postoperative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, and postoperative sepsis) for four developmental disability groups (people with intellectual disability, chromosomal abnormalities, pervasive developmental disorders, and congenital malformation syndrome) in the NHS during the period April 2017–March 2019. The authors found that the likelihood of experiencing harm in disability groups was up to 2.7-fold
  8. Content Article
    Findings Most hospitals are delivering good quality care and looking after patients well. The CQC report highlighted many examples of how hospitals are improving and continuing to improve the quality of care they offer, even though there are constraints. CQC encourages trusts to follow this good practice to improve their own services. But it also found that some trusts have blind spots about the quality of care they are delivering in a particular core service, even in some trusts rated good overall. All hospitals told us that patient safety was their top priority, but too of
  9. Content Article
    Key recommendations This list summarises key recommendations for healthcare professionals. Adherence to these recommendations would improve patient outcomes, reduce the spread of AMR and save public healthcare budgets millions of euros per year. Proper use of the urinary catheter: Urethral catheters should be used only when indicated, with a closed-circuit system and a port for taking samples. Catheters should be removed when they are unnecessary and their indication should be assessed daily. Proper insertion of the urinary catheter: Hand hygiene should be
  10. News Article
    Scientists have developed a virus-killing plastic that could make it harder for bugs, including Covid, to spread in hospitals and care homes. The team at Queen's University Belfast say their plastic film is cheap and could be fashioned into protective gear such as aprons. It works by reacting with light to release chemicals that break the virus. The study showed it could kill viruses by the million, even in tough species which linger on clothes and surfaces. The research was accelerated as part of the UK's response to the Covid pandemic. Studies had shown the Covid vir
  11. News Article
    Half of healthcare facilities worldwide lack basic hygiene services with water and soap or alcohol-based hand rub where patients receive care and at toilets in these facilities, according to a new report by WHO and UNICEF. Around 3.85 billion people use these facilities, putting them at greater risk of infection, including 688 million people who receive care at facilities with no hygiene services at all. “Hygiene facilities and practices in health care settings are non-negotiable. Their improvement is essential to pandemic recovery, prevention and preparedness. Hygiene in health care faci
  12. News Article
    Dentists in the UK should be encouraged to give antibiotics to patients at high risk of life-threatening heart infection before invasive procedures, a study has found. Research suggests bacteria from the mouth entering the bloodstream during dental treatment could explain 30% to 40% of infective endocarditis cases. The rare but life-threatening condition occurs when the inner lining of the heart chambers and valves become infected. Antibiotics could limit the number of cases and reduce the risk of heart failure, stroke and premature death in high-risk patients, the study says. C
  13. News Article
    People who go to hospital for non-covid treatment are at higher risk of the virus compared with the general public, which is why high levels of hospital-acquired Covid-19 in England are worrying some doctors. They fear that the coronavirus is becoming a potential hazard of a hospital stay for older or vulnerable people, in a similar way to “superbugs” such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). People who go to hospital for non-covid-19 treatment are at higher risk from the virus compared with the general public, says Tom Lawton, an intensive care doctor in Bradford,
  14. News Article
    A pilot scheme to reduce infections following catheter insertions has shown a 100% fall within a hospital trust. NHS Supply Chain is now encouraging acute trusts in England to take advantage of the scheme which has shown to not only reduce infection rates but shorten patient length of stay and save clinicians’ time. Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are not uncommon and can cause patients significant pain, discomfort, confusion and anxiety for family and friends. They further impact healthcare with increased antibiotic use, prolonged hospital stays, increased clin
  15. Content Article
    The Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) for Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) has been developed to enable healthcare teams and hospitals to carry out their own quality improvement projects to prevent SSIs. The QIP was developed as an output of an advisory board convened by Mölnlycke, which focused on developing a resource to aid healthcare professionals to deliver successful infection prevention programmes in their organisations. This meeting was attended by representatives from the surgical community, infection prevention leads in the NHS, and patient safety advocates. The QIP showcases best p
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