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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.

 

Following the transfer of the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) to NHS Improvement on 1 April 2016, from 28 September 2016 the Organisational Patient Safety Incident Reports (OPSIR) and NRLS Quarterly Data Summaries (QDS) are now published on the NHS Improvement website. This begins with the publishing of the OPSIR October 2015 to March 2016 and the QDS reports for January to March 2016 and April to June 2016

 

Previous OPSIR and QDS data reports can still be found below.

TitleIssue dateType
Detecting harm following paracetamol overdose | Signal29 October 2010Signal
Accurate patient weight | Signal29 October 2010Signal
Anti-cancer medicines28 October 2010Guidance
NRLS Quarterly Data Workbook up to March 201025 October 2010Data report
The transfusion of blood and blood components in an emergency 21 October 2010Alert
Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) results 2010: additional data14 October 2010Data report
Feasibility of confirming drugs administered during anaesthesia12 October 2010Data report
Never Events Annual Report 2009/1008 October 2010Data report
Laparoscopic surgery: Failure to recognise post-operative deterioration23 September 2010Alert
Supporting information for Organisation Patient Safety Incident Reports -...15 September 2010Data report
Prevention of over infusion of intravenous fluid* and medicines in neonates26 August 2010Alert
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) tools: getting started06 August 2010Toolkit
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) tools: gathering and mapping information06 August 2010Toolkit
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) tools: identifying care and service delivery problems06 August 2010Toolkit
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) tools: Generating solutions06 August 2010Toolkit
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) tools: Log, audit and learn from investigation...06 August 2010Toolkit
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) investigation report writing templates06 August 2010Guidance
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) investigation action plan templates06 August 2010Guidance
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) investigation: other useful templates06 August 2010Guidance
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) investigation guidance 06 August 2010Guidance