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NHS’s relentless focus on finance and productivity is failing patient safety

Written by | 15 Jul 2024

“The NHS’s relentless focus on finance and productivity is failing patient safety,” argues patient safety commissioner Henrietta Hughes in an interview for The BMJ today. “The patient’s anecdote is the… read more.

Rise in global number of patient harms from 11 million to 18 million (59%) in 30 years

Written by | 26 Jun 2024

The proportion of patient harms associated with medical procedures, treatment, and contact with healthcare systems rose by 59%, from 11 million to 18 million globally between 1990 and… read more.

Medical school does not equip new doctors for the real working world, junior doctor warns

Written by | 3 Jun 2023

Clinician burnout and overwork are known to adversely affect patient safety and junior doctors may be particularly vulnerable, research suggests. The UK is facing a crisis in recruitment and retention… read more.

Linking medical and dental records in health information exchanges could improve dental patient safety, preventive care, and treatment outcomes

Written by | 14 Jun 2022

Dental professionals require access to each patient’s complete electronic health record – including laboratory test results and current prescriptions – so they can provide the best care possible;… read more.

Doctors and nurses need 20-minute power naps during night shifts to keep patients safe

Written by | 8 Jun 2022

A review at this year’s Euroanaesthesia congress in Milan, Italy (4-6 June) on the potentially lethal effects of fatigue on doctors and nurses themselves, and its impact on the… read more.

Lessons from covid-19: Redesigning oncology pharmacy services for patient safety

Written by | 28 Sep 2020

Interview and article by Christine Clark Modifications of cancer treatment regimens to reduce time spent in hospital, a drive-through pharmacy service and a technician-led virtual counselling clinic were… read more.

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