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  1. Content Article
    The objectives of this study protocol is to establish baseline data related to the types and frequency of infusion pump alarms from the B. Braun Outlook 400ES Safety Infusion System with the accompanying DoseTrac Infusion Management Software. This exploratory study will analyse the aggregate alarm data for each hospital by care area, drug infused, time of day, and day of week, including overall infusion pump alarm frequency (number of alarms per active infusion), duration of alarms (average, range, median), and type and frequency of alarms distributed by care area. Infusion pump alarm data collected and analyzed in this study will be used to help establish a baseline of infusion pump alarm types and relative frequencies. Understanding the incidences and characteristics of infusion pump alarms will result in more informed quality improvement recommendations to decrease and/or modify infusion
  2. Content Article
    Highlights of the paper: Principles of mindful organising are operationalised in a Mindful Governance model. The model is grounded in two cases studies in contrasting aviation organisations. The case studies led to the development of three prototype web applications.
  3. Content Article
    The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in patient care can offer significant benefits. However, there is a lack of independent evaluation considering AI in use. This paper from Sujan et al., published in BMJ Health & Care Informatics, argues that consideration should be given to how AI will be incorporated into clinical processes and services. Human factors challenges that are likely to arise at this level include cognitive aspects (automation bias and human performance), handover and communication between clinicians and AI systems, situation awareness and the impact on the interaction with patients. Human factors research should accompany the development of AI from the outset.
  4. Content Article
    The forYOU Team’s five-year experience in providing clinician support has yielded many valuable insights into this aspect of MUHC’s patient safety culture. Organisational awareness of the second victim phenomenon and an institutional response plan are critical steps in minimising the suffering of the institution’s healthcare clinicians. From this experience, the authors strongly encourage healthcare facilities to develop a comprehensive plan and provide accessible, effective support for all clinicians experiencing the second victim phenomenon.
  5. Content Article
    Previous methods of incident analysis were simply adopted and disseminated with little research into the concepts, methods, reliability and outcomes of such analyses. There is a need for significant research and investment in the development of new methods. These changes are profound and will require major adjustments in both practical and cultural terms and research to explore and evaluate the most effective approaches.
  6. Content Article
    Nine key reasons why there should be more investment in analytical capability: Clinicians can use the insights generated by skilled analysts to improve diagnosis and disease management. National and local NHS leaders can evaluate innovations and new models of care to find out if expected changes and benefits were realised. Board members of local NHS organisations and systems can use analysis to inform changes to service delivery in complex organisations and care systems. Local NHS leaders can improve the way they manage, monitor and improve care quality day-to-day. Senior NHS decision makers can better measure and evaluate improvements and respond effectively to national incentives and regulation. Managers can make complex decisions about allocating limited resources and setting priorities for care. Local NHS leaders will gain a better understanding of how patients flow through the system. New digital tools can be developed and new data interpreted so clinicians and managers can better collaborate and use their insights to improve care. Patients and the public will be able to better use and understand health care data. Action and investment is needed across the system so the NHS has the right people with the right tools to interpret and create value from its data. This could result in an NHS that can make faster progress on improving outcomes for patients.
  7. Content Article
    Key points: Analysis of a national linked dataset identifying permanent care home residents aged 65 and older and their hospital found that on average during 2016/17 care home residents went to A&E 0.98 times and were admitted as an emergency 0.70 times. Emergency admissions were found to be particularly high in residential care homes compared with nursing care homes. A large number of these emergency admissions may be avoidable: 41% were for conditions that are potentially manageable, treatable or preventable outside of a hospital setting, or that could have been caused by poor care or neglect. Four evaluations of initiatives to improve health and care in care homes carried out by the Improvement Analytics Unit (IAU) in Rushcliffe, Sutton, Wakefield and Nottingham City show reductions in some measures of emergency hospital use for residents who received enhanced support. There are key learnings from these IAU evaluations, including a greater potential to reduce the need for emergency admissions and A&E attendance in residential care homes and the benefit of coproduction between health care professionals and care homes.
  8. Content Article
    The paper summarises the literature on the use of simulation with many examples of application in the field of patient safety. It explores the evidence on the impact of simulation. It goes on to suggest four areas where QI and simulation practitioners interested in closer integration of their fields might focused: Read - add articles found in quality/safety or simulation journals that integrate both fields onto your reading list. Study - seek out professional development opportunities: courses, workshops, conferences in QI methodology or simulation/debriefing. Collaborate - identify individuals in your local institution and find ways to work (and research) together. Engage - connect with the larger community of practice working on these topics via in-person meetings or platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn.
  9. News Article
    The health service has been promised “whatever it needs” to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, but government spending choices reveal possible long-term changes to funding and policy. Having initially promised the health service “whatever it needs, whatever it costs” on 11th March, the government made this official when Matt Hancock issued a ministerial direction allowing the Department of Health to “spend in excess of formal Departmental Expenditure Limits”—effectively providing a blank cheque. But while the government’s actions are designed for the immediate crisis, they may be difficult to reverse once the peak of coronavirus has passed. Indeed, they could yet change how the health service operates on a permanent basis. Read full story Source: Prospect, 7 April 2020
  10. News Article
    New figures reveal that what we think we know about the Covid-19 death toll in the UK is wrong. Here’s why. Every day we get one big figure for deaths occurring in the UK. Everyone jumps on this number, taking it to be the latest toll. However NHS England figures – which currently make up the bulk of UK deaths – in fact reflect the day on which the death was reported, not the actual date of death, which is usually days, sometimes weeks, before it appears in the figures. The truth is we don’t know how many deaths have taken place the previous day. In fact the headline figure is likely to under-report the number of deaths that actually happened the previous day. The number we hear about usually counts deaths which took place at an earlier date. The difference matters because by undercounting the number of deaths we are skewing the curve. Read full story Source: Guardian, 4 April 2020
  11. News Article
    The Financial Times tracks the countries affected, the number of deaths and the economic impact of the coronavirus. Read full story Source: Financial Times, 25 March 2020
  12. News Article
    Draper & Dash, a leading predictive patient flow provider, has launched a COVID-19 live hospital planning and demand impact assessment tool. The company said it has been working around the clock to deliver its vital tool to support impact assessment. It allows trusts to view and analyse national Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data, alongside a number of live data sources on COVID-19 cases by the minute, as they emerge across the globe. The system models the impact of increased volume and complexity at a local and system level, providing visibility of ICU, theatres, and overall bed impact, and connects this live information to each trust’s clinical workforce. The tool shows immediate impacts on beds and staff under a range of selected scenarios. Read full story Source: Health Tech Newspaper, 18 March 2020
  13. Content Article
    Impact of the hub on patient safety Sharing successes to improve patient safety We are delighted to see on the hub that trusts are sharing new initiatives and good practices they have successfully implemented. Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust has shared innovative solutions that improve patient safety, and these have been picked up by other patient safety leads who want to try them in their own organisations. A blog series about a ‘second victim’ support initiative at Chase Farm Hospital has led to another hospital initiating a conversation with Chase Farm so they could create something similar. We’ve had great feedback about how the hub is helping members: Kirsty Wood, Senior Critical Care Outreach Practitioner, says: “The hub is an essential platform that allows collaboration and communication across the country. The diversity of the experiences and ideas that are shared enables others to improve current practices and keep up-to date. Through networking, we are able to learn from each other, provide invaluable support and energy to strive for patient safety.” Gethin Bateman of the NHS Wales Informatics Service says that the hub has supported his development and learning and has also helped him to achieve targets at work: “If it didn’t exist, I wouldn’t have that valuable repository of information. I could go online and Google for policy documents, etc. But you don’t get the conversation around them, which may be more important than the actual document.” Dr Rachel Grimaldi, Creator of CARDMEDIC, comments: “The hub is such a useful, creative resource and really the only place to go now, I think, to share patient safety initiative stories so people can learn from each other.” Campaigning for safer care Using member feedback and evidence, the hub is helping us to highlight patient safety issues and promote safer care. In February, we connected with the Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy patient group and began a new Community discussion on the hub titled ‘Painful hysteroscopy’. We have seen a significant amount of interest in this issue, with many patients sharing their experiences. Another issue we’ve been highlighting on the hub is the lack of support for thousands of patients with ‘Long COVID’ (patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who continue to struggle with prolonged, debilitating and sometimes severe symptoms months later). We are using the hub as a forum for people living with Long COVID to share their stories and experiences, such as intensive care doctor Jake Suett, who wrote a blog about his own experience of suspected Long COVID. In his blog, Jake sets out a number of recommendations to improve support for people living with Long COVID and includes a template others can use to call on their MPs to raise awareness. His blog has been the hub’s most visited page yet, with over 8,000 views. Highlighting frontline staff concerns One of the most popular types of content on the hub has been the candid stories from frontline staff, often posted anonymously. One example is a theatre nurse’s story of speaking up when a surgeon dropped an instrument, washed it and immediately re-used it. We highlighted this specific incident of unsafe care – along with the wider safety concerns it raises around private practice – with the CQC, NHS England and NHS Improvement, NMC, GMC and National Guardian for the NHS, calling for action be taken. The nurse was willing to be identified to the CQC and work with them to initiate an investigation. Hopefully, this will help to prevent this type of situation from occurring again. The challenges we face Encouraging people to be confident enough to create original material themselves is challenging. Time is a factor; frontline staff are very busy. They can also be afraid of the repercussions if they share examples of unsafe practice, even when done anonymously. “Hello, I read your tweets and often would love to comment but don’t feel safe to do so. I was a senior nurse for patient safety but left. Organisational reputation in my experience trumps learning, openness and honesty in managing complaints and patient safety incidents…Carry on the good work.” (Anonymous) Others, particularly patients, are often worried that their experience or voice is not deserving of wider dissemination. Even when members are keen to share good practice and their trust’s new initiatives, they are often uncertain as to whether they are allowed to share; organisations’ cultural barriers can be hard to overcome. Our plans for the hub Over the year ahead, we are looking to collaborate further with other organisations and grow our networks, in both the UK and internationally, so we can share patient safety ideas and initiatives globally. We will expand internationally through links with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, collaboration with WHO and new knowledge-sharing networks in Africa. Following feedback from user workshops with members, we will continue to develop the hub to meet the needs of our users and actively encourage new members to make the best use of the hub. We will continue to raise awareness of patient safety issues. This month, we are launching our error traps gallery. An error trap is a situation that could lead to avoidable harm unless action is taken to address this issue, and they can be found throughout health and social care. We want to raise awareness of these on the hub and will be asking you to send us your photos of error traps and any ideas you have to address them. We will also be continuing our harmed care patient pathway blog series with Joanne Hughes, one of the hub’s topic leads, to develop our understanding of the needs of patients, families and staff when things go wrong, and look at how these needs may be best met and by whom. Work with us towards the patient-safe future Every voice is important. If you’re a patient, clinician, researcher, student, patient safety professional… whoever you are, you’ll have an experience of patient safety. If you’ve got something to share, whether a patient or staff experience or a successful patient safety or staff safety initiative, please do share it with the hub community. If you’re already a member of the hub, you can share your content or join a Community discussion. If you’re not yet a member, please register and get involved. We would love for your voice to be a part of our growing network, as we speak up, take action and work together towards the patient-safe future.
  14. Content Article
    There are three work programmes to explore workforce retention and configuration in healthcare. The first programme will combine and align multiple large datasets from 20 NHS trusts across secondary care and mental health and 10 ambulance trusts. This will enable the analysis of multiple variables and their effect on workforce retention, and how these variables, in combination with workforce retention, subsequently impact patient outcomes. The second work programme will involve designing and testing an infrastructure for the routine extraction, combination and analysis of these large datasets. This will enable the adoption of these techniques across the NHS. The nursing element (NuRS) will start first, with the ambulance staff (AmReS) element following approximately six months later. A third programme will examine the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on patient safety in terms of reporting behaviours, for example; and will explore how nursing and ambulance workforce configuration in response to a pandemic affects patient safety and quality of care. This project is a unique opportunity to unlock the key underlying drivers of nurse and ambulance retention and determine their impact on care quality, helping to tackle the challenge of supply in the NHS and ensure that high quality, sustainable care is available to all.