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  1. Content Article
    Annegret Hannawa investigated communication during Covid-19. She asked the questions: to what extent did communication by the Swiss traditional news media and by the Swiss Government, communication in the social media, and interpersonal communication affect Swiss residents' (1) trust, (2) willingness to vaccinate, (3) engagement in conspiracy theories, and (4) mental health? This video gives a short summary of the first results.
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    This study in the Journal of Patient Safety examined how hospitals outside mandatory 'never event' regulations identify, register, and manage 'never events', and whether practices are associated with hospital size. In Switzerland, there is no mandatory reporting of 'never events' and little is known about how hospitals in countries without 'never event' policies deal with these incidents in terms of registration and analyses. The study found that many Swiss hospitals do not have valid data on the occurrence of “never events” available, and do not have reliable processes installed for the registration and examination of these events. Surprisingly, larger hospitals do not seem to be better prepared for “never events” management.
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    Research shows that patient safety walk rounds are an appropriate and common method to improve safety culture. This observational study in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety combined walk rounds with observations of specific aspects of patient safety and measured the safety and teamwork climate. Healthcare workers were observed in specific aspects of patient safety on walk rounds in eight settings in a Swiss hospital. They were also surveyed using safety and teamwork climate scales before the initial walk rounds and six to nine months later. The authors evaluated the implementation of planned improvement actions following the walk rounds. The authors found that walk rounds with structured in-person observations identified safe care practices and issues in patient safety. However, improvement action plans to address these issues were not fully implemented nine months later, and there were no significant changes in the safety and teamwork climate.
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    The aim of this study in BMJ Open was to develop quality standards that define minimal requirements for safe medication processes in nursing homes. After identifying key topics for medication safety from a systematic search for similar guidelines, prior work and discussions with experts, the authors specified the essential requirements for each key topic. They then evaluated these requirements with a piloted, two-round Delphi study. The study developed 85 quality standards for safer and resident-oriented medication in Swiss nursing homes.
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    In 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, and 3 years later, the Swiss Patient Safety Foundation adapted it for Switzerland. Several meta-analyses and systematic reviews showed ambiguous results on the effectiveness of surgical checklists. Most of them assume that the study checklists are almost identical, but in fact they are quite heterogeneous due to adaptations to local settings. In this study, Fridrich et al. aims to investigate the extent to which the checklists currently used in Switzerland differ and to discuss the consequences of local adaptations.
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    Overcrowding in the emergency department (ED) is a global problem that causes patient harm and exhaustion for healthcare teams. Despite multiple strategies proposed to overcome overcrowding, the accumulation of patients lying in bed awaiting treatment or hospitalisation is often inevitable and a major obstacle to quality of care. This study in BMJ Open Quality looked at a quality improvement project that aimed to ensure that no patients were lying in bed awaiting care or referral outside a care area. Several plan–do–study–act (PDSA) cycles were tested and implemented to achieve and maintain the goal of having zero patients waiting for care outside the ED care area. The project team introduced and adapted five rules during these cycles: No patients lying down outside of a care unit Forward movement Examination room always available Team huddle An organisation overcrowding plan The researchers found that the PDSA strategy based on these five measures removed in-house obstacles to the internal flow of patients and helped avoid them being outside the care area. These measures are easily replicable by other management teams.
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    In this letter to The Lancet, Thomas Cueni, Director General of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations argues that the need to focus on equitable rollout of vaccines in the event of a future pandemic is a key global health priority. He proposes that Governments, pharma companies and other stakeholders should focus on the challenges that led to the inequitable rollout of vaccines, which he identifies as vaccine nationalism and need for more diverse manufacturing. He highlights an industry proposal for equitable response to future pandemics supported by vaccine manufacturers and biotechnologies. the proposal involves manufacturers setting aside a percentage of pandemic tools for allocation to susceptible populations in low-income countries.
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    This poster highlights some key issues associated with by antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which is caused by inappropriate use of antibiotics. It outlines the objectives and results of the AMR Patient Group, a coalition of patient groups across Europe working to address the serious public health threat posed by AMR. It also outlines the AMR Patient Group's policy recommendations to European and national health authorities.
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