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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
Risk of harm from ingestion of Vernagel | Signal29 September 2011Signal
Risk of harm from acupuncture treatment including pneumothorax | Signal29 September 2011Signal
Risk of harm from retained guidewires following central venous access | Signal29 September 2011Signal
Risk of air embolism when removing central lines | Signal29 September 2011Signal
Tracking subsequent removal of intentionally retained swabs | Signal29 September 2011Signal
Risk of bowel obstruction post orthopaedic surgery: “Ogilvie Syndrome” | Signal29 September 2011Signal
Rapid deterioration in patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus | Signal29 September 2011Signal
Organisation Patient Safety Incident Reports - data workbooks September 201113 September 2011Data report
Supporting information for Organisation Patient Safety Incident Reports -...13 September 2011Data report
NRLS Quarterly Data Workbook up to March 201110 August 2011Data report
Clinical Outcome Review09 August 2011 
NRLS Quarterly Data Workbook up to December 201012 May 2011Data report
The adult patient’s passport to safer use of insulin30 March 2011Alert
Use of plastic bags for self harm | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Intravenous morphine administration on neonatal units | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Monitoring patients with fractured ribs | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Imperforate anus in newborn babies | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Early detection and treatment of acute limb ischaemia | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Outbreak of prosthetic valve endocarditis | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Monitoring plasma sodium levels in babies | Signal25 March 2011Signal