Our latest publications, with links to download the full report including safety recommendations, the associated press release and key press coverage.
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Placement of nasogastric tubes
National report published 17 December 2020.
This investigation looked at nasogastric (NG) tubes and how previously identified safety improvements for the placement of these tubes are put into practice. Data from national reporting systems shows that there were 14 incidents of misplaced NG tubes from April to September this year.
Procurement, usability and adoption of ‘smart’ infusion pumps
National report published 3 December 2020.
We have looked at the challenges of introducing ‘smart’ infusion pumps in NHS hospitals. Although the aim of smart infusion pumps is to improve patient safety, the technology can introduce new risks.
Delays to intrapartum intervention once fetal compromise is suspected
National report published 12 November 2020.
We have identified a safety risk in maternity care relating to delays to intrapartum intervention once fetal compromise is suspected. Our review identified issues such as inadequate staffing, poor infrastructure and high workload as contributory factors to these delays.
COVID-19 transmission in hospitals: management of the risk
National report published 29 October 2020.
Helping the healthcare system reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in hospitals is the focus of this report. It charts a four-month patient safety investigation that was launched following concern that patients were contracting COVID-19 after being admitted to hospital.
Management of venous thromboembolism risk in patients following thrombolysis for an acute stroke
National report published 13 October 2020.
Strokes are the fourth most common cause of death in the UK and around one in ten people die before they reach hospital. This report emphasises that if patients do survive, then the assessment of care in wards and units is key to prevent any further risk to life.
The role of clinical pharmacy services in helping to identify and reduce high-risk prescribing errors in hospital
National report published 24 September 2020.
This healthcare safety investigation looks at errors when prescribing high-risk medications to older patients in hospitals with multiple medical problems.
For previous publications see the press office archive.