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Patient safety resources

These resources range from alerts and guidance to toolkits and data reports and can help healthcare professionals improve patient safety in their organisation.



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Subscribe to email alerts from the Central Alerting System (CAS) here. This system includes Safety alerts, emergency alerts, drug alerts, Dear Doctor letters and Medical Device Alerts.

On 1 June 2012 the key functions and expertise for patient safety developed by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) transferred to NHS England. If you have an enquiry about resources please email patientsafety.enquiries@nhs.net.

TitleIssue dateType
Managing sickle cell crises | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Vaccine storage | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Delayed diagnosis of spinal fractures | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Haemorrhage after liver biopsy | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Extravasation injury in neonates | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Wardrobes used as ligature points | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Data Quality Standards | guidance for organisations reporting to the RLS18 September 2009Data report
Safety in doses03 September 2009Data report
Quarterly Data Summary issue 1331 August 2009Data report
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 13: Learning from reporting - chest drains31 August 2009Data report
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 13: Learning from reporting - staffing31 August 2009Data report
Hospital hydration best practice toolkit25 August 2009Toolkit
Outputs of the Safer Medication Team: a review10 August 2009Data report
Minimising risks of suprapubic catheter insertion (adults only)29 July 2009Alert
Risk to patient safety of not using the NHS Number as the national identifier...24 June 2009Alert
Preventing delay to follow-up for patients with glaucoma11 June 2009Alert
Questions are the answer! Seven questions every board member should ask about...01 June 2009Guidance
Seven steps to patient safety in general practice01 June 2009Guidance
Review of patient safety for children and young people01 June 2009Data report
Preventing harm to children from parents with mental health needs28 May 2009Alert