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  1. Content Article
    The Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) are a set of quality indicators developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) providing information on potential hospital complications and adverse events after surgeries, procedures, and childbirth. They have been used for the past two decades in the USA for monitoring potentially preventable patient safety events in the inpatient setting through the automated screening of readily available administrative data. However, these indicators are also used for hospital benchmarking and cross-country comparisons in other nations with different health-care settings and coding systems as well as missing present on admission (POA) flags in the administrative data. This study sought to comprehensively assess and compare the validity of 16 PSIs in Switzerland, where they have not been previously applied.
  2. Community Post
    NHS hospital staff spend countless hours capturing data in electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems. Yet that data remains difficult to access and use to support patient care. This is a tremendous opportunity to improve patient safety, drive efficiencies and save time for frontline staff. I have just published a post about this challenge and Triscribe's solution. I would love to hear any comments or feedback on the topic... How could we use this information better? What are hospitals already doing? Where are the gaps? Thanks
  3. Content Article
    This Strategy is based on a vision of Finland being a model country for client and patient safety in 2026. It is divided into four strategic priorities, each of which have three corresponding objectives aimed at strengthening patient safety. It is accompanied by an Implementation Plan so that these objectives can be translated into everyday activities. It was published by the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, supported by preparatory work by the Finnish Centre for Client and Patient Safety.
  4. Content Article
    This analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development provides the latest comparable data and trends on the performance of health systems in OECD countries and key emerging economies. It examines performance indicators that suggest the following trends: Overall health status in the United Kingdom is close to the OECD average Overweight/obesity and alcohol consumption are higher than the OECD average  Population coverage is high, with high satisfaction and strong financial protection The United Kingdom performs well on many key indicators of care quality, though avoidable hospital admissions could be further reduced Health and long-term care spending are above average, though hospital beds and the number of doctors and nurses are slightly below the OECD average The analysis also looks at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on deaths, health spending, life expectancy, healthcare activity and mental health.
  5. Content Article
    Patient safety remains one of the most pressing health issues for public awareness and further policy action. Since 2006, OECD’s Health Care Quality and Outcomes (HCQO) Working Party (WP) has developed patient safety indicators (PSIs) based on administrative data sources. These data have been regularly collected and reported with an aim of assessing and comparing cross-country differences in patient safety. However, the international comparability of existing PSIs is challenging due to a number of methodological variations in measure implementation, for example, how countries record diagnoses and procedures, define hospital admissions, processes for reporting safety events. Consequently, in some cases, higher adverse event rates may signal more developed patient safety monitoring systems and a stronger patient safety culture rather than worse care. Current PSIs have limitations in that they fail to adequately capture important aspects of patient safety, such as the extent to which health care practices to prevent and address safety incidents are implemented.  This report summarises activities undertaken to date as part of the international indicator development on patient-reported experiences of safety and also a set of questions to be used for the pilot data collection of patient-reported experience of safety, guidelines for the pilot data collection and ongoing pilot data collection
  6. Content Article
    The Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) provide information on potentially avoidable safety events that represent opportunities for improvement in the delivery of care. More specifically, they focus on potential in-hospital complications and adverse events following surgeries, procedures, and childbirth. You can find out more about PSIs and access related resources, on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) website via the link below.
  7. Content Article
    The 2008 Second Global Patient Safety Challenge sponsored by the World Health Organization articulated 10 “essential objectives for safe surgery”. One of these is to “establish routine surveillance of surgical capacity, volume, and results” at the hospital level. There can be little doubt that this recommendation was made in the expectation that longitudinal surveillance and analysis of surgical results could lead to quality improvements in care and improved patient outcomes. In this linked study, Duclos and colleagues investigated a surveillance system the central feature of which was the use of Shewhart control charts. Originally developed to monitor industrial processes, control charts track variability in key process indicators over time and provide visual feedback on both positive and negative trends. This allows evaluation of the impact of process changes or, in the case of a negative trend, it triggers investigation into the causes and the formulation of appropriate responses. They found that the implementation of control charts with feedback on indicators to surgical teams was associated with concomitant reductions in major adverse events in patients. Understanding variations in surgical outcomes and how to provide safe surgery is imperative for improvements.
  8. Content Article
    The World Health Organization (WHO) works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. Their goal is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and well-being. The WHO has published ten patient safety facts, also highlighted in the attached infographic.
  9. Content Article
    This is part two of a series about the investigation process and human factors in healthcare. Part one looked at the why we investigate an ‘incident’ and concluded that there is only one reason to investigate – and that’s to stop the error occurring again. The idea that human factors is a science – done by science types rather than by (deep breath) public speakers, non-technical skills (NTS) professionals, those who create team talks, medics who have been on a course about being nice and polite to other medics, and those that have married a human therefore they must be qualified to talk about humans – was also discussed. This and the next blog will introduce the concept of where facts or data comes from. Later blogs will deal with the who, how, when etc. The ‘who’ investigates (next blog) really is determined by where the facts come from. Later – if the cake lasts – we can chat about what to do with the data, and how to report it and save lives.
  10. Content Article
    After completing nearly 600 investigations and research projects in human factors, it might be worth sharing some observations of why we do incident (forensic) investigations. This will be a series of short blogs that will cover the investigation process, answer questions about humans and shine a light on the method of forensic investigations.  This will be undertaken alternating with the topic of human factors – the most misunderstood bit of science the healthcare sector deals with. In these posts I’ll cover what human is, the limits of human performance – covering the senses, fatigue – and why pilots and CRM is very dangerous to healthcare. Above all I want to get the idea that human factors is a science and it’s about understanding how human limits restrict how we deal with the built environment and complex systems.
  11. Content Article
    Part 6 of this series of blogs about human factors and investigations in healthcare discusses the 'How' and the 'Why'. How did the person die or was injured is different from understanding why it happened? At first this appears to be a pedantic, minor issue, but, as (hopefully) we shall see from this blog, it’s a vital distinction. Question How did the plane crash? Answer It was hit by a missile. Question Why was a missile launched, is a vastly different question. Question How was it that the pedestrian was hit by the car? Answer It was due to the driver not seeing them – but why did they not see them is the question.  Without the why – you can’t do the intervention. Most investigations done stop at the how – few get to the why, especially in medicine, especially with root cause analysis.
  12. Content Article
    Guys and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the National Institute for Health research (NIHR) have developed an app. This app can be accessed by everyone. It will map out symptoms you may have (coronavirus symptoms) even if you feel well. This is part of ongoing research in how this virus is spreading and to understand symptoms.
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