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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
Early detection of complications after gastrostomy31 March 2010Alert
Delayed diagnosis of cancer: Thematic review26 March 2010Data report
Design for patient safety: A guide to the design of electronic infusion devices24 March 2010Guidance
Organisation Patient Safety Incident Reports March 201024 March 2010Data report
Never Events - Framework: Update for 2010-1124 March 2010Guidance
Design for patient safety: user testing in the development of medical devices01 March 2010Guidance
High Hazards- summary and full report01 March 2010Guidance
Pembury: summary report01 March 2010Guidance
National framework for reporting and learning from serious incidents requiring...01 March 2010Guidance
Neonatal resuscitation | Signal26 February 2010Signal
Contact injuries from wheelchairs in hospitals | Signal26 February 2010Signal
Transferring neurosurgery patient images | Signal26 February 2010Signal
Wrong strength phenol | Signal26 February 2010Signal
Mental health patients in transit | Signal26 February 2010Signal
Injectable medicines in theatres | Signal26 February 2010Signal
Extravasation of neonates revisited | Signal26 February 2010Signal
ECT patient safety issues | Signal26 February 2010Signal
Reducing harm from omitted and delayed medicines in hospital24 February 2010Alert
Design for patient safety: guidelines for the safe on-screen display of...23 February 2010Guidance
Nasogastric tubes audit22 February 2010Toolkit