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Safer Surgery Week 2012

06 Sep 2012

Patient Safety First and the Clinical Board for Surgical Safety are hosting Safer Surgery Week, beginning on 24th of September. All Trusts in England are using the Surgical Safety Checklist in order to provide safer surgical care. This is a great achievement. However, we know...

New GMC child protection guidance comes into effect

03 Sep 2012

New guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC) to help doctors protect children from abuse and neglect comes into effect today (3 September). The guidance – issued to more than 230,000 doctors – has been designed to give doctors the confidence to act when they need to and...

National Early Warning Score (NEWS)

30 Jul 2012

New National Early Warning Score could save 6,000 lives...> It is very encouraging to see such a strong recommendation for common, transferrable and easily understood patient information to be used across the NHS.  Standardisation for this data makes for easier completion and...

Dental Trauma During Anaesthesia

13 Jul 2012

This series of two posters to be displayed in anaesthetic workspaces, and the accompanying patient referral form, have been developed by King's Dental Institute in association with the Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group.

Guidelines for patients undergoing surgery as part of an Enhanced...

26 Jun 2012

These guidelines have been produced to provide general information for patients undergoing surgery as part of an Enhanced Recovery Programme (ERP). They have been written by medical and non-medical members of three medical Royal Colleges, all of which run patient groups that...

'Mothers of Africa' Educational Initiative

21 Jun 2012

UK experts will train midwives to perform obstetric surgery and nurse anaesthetists to provide critical care for newborn infants in a new project in Africa In an innovative move to counteract the health worker brain drain, urbanisation and loss of doctors through recent armed...

Patient safety function moves to the NHS Commissioning Board

07 Jun 2012

As of 1 June 2012, the key functions of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) transfer to the NHS Commissioning Board Authority (NHS CBA). NHS CBA are urging Chief Executives to be aware of the ongoing importance of patient safety and ensure that organisations continue to...

Checking Anaesthetic Equipment 2012

06 Jun 2012

The new edition of Checking Anaesthetic Equipment published by The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britian and Ireland is now available to view on their website.  Please click here for further information.  

Many cardiac arrest preventable – NCEPOD issues new recommendations

01 Jun 2012

A third of in-hospital cardiac arrests and subsequent attempts to resuscitate could have been prevented Better assessment on hospital admission and recognition and response when acutely ill patients deteriorate could have prevented cardiac arrest and the subsequent resuscitation...

New standards set for emergency care of children and young people

03 May 2012

From mental health, substance and alcohol abuse to major incidents involving serious injury or death, thousands of children and young people pass through the NHS each day needing emergency care.  Now, a new series of standards set out minimum requirements for how children in...

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