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Search results for "Hospitals"
Manchester, UK: General Medical Council; June 2019.
Finding the appropriate balance between assigning criminality and accountability for tragic preventable patient harm is difficult. Summarizing a high-profile case in the United Kingdom that involved the death of a pediatric patient, misdiagnosis, and a senior pediatric trainee, this report explores elements of the criminality and accountability debate across the system and discusses policy, judicial, and individual components of a fair and just response to adverse events to keep organizations, clinicians, and patients safe.
Cultural Issues Related to Allegations of Bullying and Harassment in NHS Highland: Independent Review Report.
Sturrock J. Edinburgh, Scotland: The Scottish Government; May 2019. ISBN: 9781787817760.
Disrespectful and unprofessional behaviors are a common problem in health care. The report examines cultural issues at a National Health Service trust that affected the transparency needed to report disruptive behaviors and that limited conversation needed to facilitate local actions and improvement. Recommendations for the leadership, organizational, and system levels are provided to enable constructive change.
Cullen A. Uitgeverij van Brug: The Hague, The Netherlands; 2019. ISBN: 9789065232236.
Patient stories offer important insights regarding the impact medical errors have on patients and their families. This book shares the author's experience with medical error and spotlights how lack of transparency in European health care can contribute to avoidable process failures that result in patient harm.
London, UK: Royal College of Surgeons of England; 2019.
Physical demands and technical complexities can affect surgical safety. This resource is designed to capture frontline perceptions of surgeons in the United Kingdom regarding concerning behaviors exhibited by their peers during practice to facilitate awareness of problems, motivate improvement, and enable learning.
London, UK: Royal College of Surgeons of England; 2019.
Introducing innovations in practice involves taking calculated risks. To ensure patient safety, new techniques should be accompanied by training, oversight, and heightened awareness of the learning curve. This book provides a framework to guide the design and introduction of new surgical procedures into regular practice. It includes recommendations for auditing, cost assessment, and effectiveness review.
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Care Quality Commission; December 2018.
The term never events was originally coined to describe rare, devastating, and preventable events. This report provides an analysis of National Health Service (NHS) efforts to optimize use of alerts, guidance, and recommendations to prevent never events. The investigation found that NHS staff feel unsupported by training, challenged by complex processes of care to practice safely, and uncertainty regarding improvement roles at the system level.
Nurse staffing levels, missed vital signs and mortality in hospitals: retrospective longitudinal observational study.
Griffiths P, Ball J, Bloor K, et al. Health Services and Delivery Research. Southampton, UK: NIHR Journals Library; 2018.
Missed nursing care has been linked to safety problems, but ensuring reliable levels of nurse staffing remains challenging. This report provides the results of a 3-year investigation into whether tracking of vital signs by nursing staff could serve as a viable measure for safe patient coverage. The report identified correlations between low staffing, missed vital sign observation, length of stay, and likelihood of mortality. However, record review found no direct relationship between safety and staffing levels. A PSNet perspective examined the relationship between missed nursing care and patient safety.
Pedersen KZ. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan; 2018. ISBN: 9781137537850.
The book suggests that though a systems orientation to safety improvement is the correct approach, it can be complex and difficult to operationalize. The author explores the unintended influences of blame-free methodologies, challenges the belief that fixing the system will prevent all error, and cautions health care to moderate patient engagement efforts.
Watts E, Rayman G. Diabetes UK. London, UK; 2018.
Chronic disease management can add complexity to inpatient care regimens. Researchers worked with patients, system leaders, and clinicians to examine areas of risk for hospitalized patients with diabetes and determine solutions such as specialized teams, clinical leadership, and improved use of technology. A WebM&M commentary illustrated safety challenges associated with providing care for hospitalized patients with diabetes.
Understanding the knowledge gaps in whistleblowing and speaking up in health care: narrative reviews of the research literature and formal inquiries, a legal analysis and stakeholder interviews.
Mannion R, Blenkinsopp J, Powell M, et al. Health Services and Delivery Research. Southampton, UK: NIHR Journals Library; 2018.
Staff willingness to speak up about safety and process concerns enables organization and practice improvements that prevent patient harm. This review explores challenges to raising concerns in the National Health Service and discusses policies that support whistleblowers. Further research is needed to examine organizational failures when concerns are reported.
London, UK: Royal College of Physicians; 2018. ISBN: 9781860167270.
Lack of appropriate staffing can diminish the safety and effectiveness of medical services. This report explored staffing levels in United Kingdom trusts for three tiers of expertise and found them to be inadequate across the system. The paper provides recommendations for staffing decisions for individual organizations and emphasizes the need for improved focus on care provision during routine working hours to support a healthy work force and safe patient care.
Williams N. Department of Health and Social Care. London, England: Crown Copyright; 2018.
Accountability for errors and organizational assessment of failures affect incident reporting. This policy review explores how potential legal ramifications stemming from investigations of negligence can hinder improvement efforts and outlines recommendations to support safety culture in health care.
Gosport Independent Panel. London, England: Crown Copyright; 2018. ISBN: 9781528604062.
Organizational culture influences how comfortable individuals are with raising awareness of conditions that diminish patient safety. This independent inquiry report provides case studies and a detailed analysis of conditions that hindered nurses and families from acquiring answers about care concerns. The analysis determined factors such as hierarchy and poor physician regard for nursing expertise as persistent challenges to safety in health care.
Keen J, Nicklin E, Long A, et al. Health Services and Delivery Research. Southampton, UK: NIHR Journals Library; 2018.
The National Health Service (NHS) is a global leader in patient safety improvement. This report reviews the results of a study that explored whether staff had access to information needed to prevent errors. Clinicians in four acute NHS hospitals were surveyed to assess how information is used by nurses, staff, and senior hospital managers. The report concluded that robust access to patient information improved care and proactive risk management activities.
Department of Health and Social Care. London, England: Crown Publishing; February 2018.
Medication errors are a prominent challenge for health care systems worldwide. This report provides recommendations that align with the World Health Organization medication safety improvement effort to address medication failures in the National Health Service. The authors suggest an emphasis on technology, teamwork, and safety culture to enable sustained improvements across the system.
Elliott RA, Camacho E, Campbell F, et al. Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions. Sheffield, United Kingdom: University of Sheffield and University of York; 2018.
Medication errors represent a significant source of preventable patient harm. Prior research has shown that medication errors occur frequently and are associated with a longer hospital stay and increased costs. This report from the Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions synthesizes the evidence regarding the burden of medication errors in the England. The authors estimate that 237 million medication errors occur annually and that 66 million of these errors may be clinically significant. The majority of potentially harmful errors likely occur in the outpatient setting where most medications in the National Health Service are prescribed. Costs associated with errors seem to vary widely. A prior WebM&M commentary described a case in which a medication error led to serious patient harm.
London, UK: Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman; 2017. ISBN: 9781528601344.
Patients with mental health conditions face particular safety challenges. This report describes incidents involving patients with eating disorders who experienced harm while receiving care in National Health Service organizations. Factors that contributed to the failures included poor care coordination, premature discharge, and lack of monitoring. The report discusses gaps in the investigations of these patient deaths and outlines areas of improvement.
Comptroller and Auditor General, Department of Health; London, UK: National Audit Office; 2017. ISBN: 9781786041395.
Applying evidence generated from complaints submitted to health care services has been promoted as a way to inform improvement. This report assesses management of claims against National Health Services trusts to determine the costs involved, ensure appropriate patient compensation, and control incidence of future claims through collaborative care improvement efforts.
Short-Life Working Group on Hospital Reports. Edinburgh, Scotland: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh; July 31, 2017.
Surgical training is demanding and can result in burnout. This publication explores deficiencies in surgical training that can contribute to a stressful work environment and diminish the safety of care delivery. The report recommends changes to improve work climate and reduce the potential for error, including establishing a strong team culture and promoting human factors training.
Report of the Announced Inspection of Medication Safety at the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore, County Offaly.
Dublin, Ireland: Health Information and Quality Authority; May 2017.
Investigation reports help health care organizations identify areas in need of improvement. This report highlights weaknesses in one hospital's medication safety processes and provides suggestions to enhance governance structure, effort prioritization, pharmacy leadership, and patient education to drive safe medication delivery.