Patient safety alert – The importance of checking vital signs during and after restrictive interventions/manual restraint

NHS England, December 2015

A patient safety alert has been issued by NHS England to raise awareness of the importance of taking, recording and responding to vital signs where restraint has been used to manage a person’s behaviour if they are at risk to themselves or others.

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Continuous Improvement of Patient Safety

The Health Foundation, November 2015

This report synthesises the lessons from the Health Foundation’s work on improving patient safety. It looks at why improving safety is so difficult and complex, and why current approaches need to change offering examples and insights to support practical improvements in patient safety.

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Revised Never Events policy and framework

NHS England, April 2015

Never Events are serious incidents that are wholly preventable as guidance or safety recommendations that provide strong systemic protective barriers are available at a national level and should have been implemented by all healthcare providers.

A revised Never Events Policy and Framework was published on 27 March 2015, this includes changes to the definition of what a Never Event is and adjustments to the types of incident that are included on the Never Events list, reducing the list from 25 to 14 incident types.

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