This systematic review aims to evaluate programmes for transition from paediatric to adult care for effectiveness and identify which components of the programmes make them successful. The authors found six studies which demonstrated statistically significant improvement after intervention in the transition process, all amongst patients with diabetes.
This position paper from the Society of Adolescent Medicine sets out their standards or “critical steps” for safe and high quality transition from paediatric to adult care.
MHRA’s Medical Device Alerts is an alerting service which highlights concerns about specific medical devices and cascades and communicates information rapidly across a network of safety officers.
It can be used as a reference resource for investigating the safety of medical devices or as a model for other reporting and alert communication systems.
MDSR is not an alerting service, but a periodically updated review of the types of problems that have occurred with medical devices and lessons learned over the past three decades. It focuses on the steps that medical device users can take to prevent or reduce medical device risks to patient care and healthcare worker safety. Organised by tags or freely searchable, it serves as a reference database for medical device safety.
This slideset from a Patient Safety workshop coordinated by Biomedea gives an introduction to the role of human factors and engineering in medical device malfunction and patient safety. Although some of the technologies mentioned as examples are dated, the principles remain up to date and are well outlined and communicated in this presentation.
Evaluating and predicting patient safety in medical device use is critical for developing interventions to reduce such errors either by redesigning the devices or, if redesign is not an option, by training the users on the identified trouble spots in the devices.
The team developed two methods for evaluating and predicting patient safety in medical devices with integral information technology, then applied and tested them on several infusion pumps.
Identifying, Understanding, and Communicating Medical Device Use Errors: Observations from an FDA Pilot Program
This paper describes the development, implementation, and progress of the MedSun program. Medical Product Surveillance Network (MedSun). The purpose of MedSun is to rapidly detect and understand previously unknown and serious problems, particularly close-call events.
This project from 2012 was carried out by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to identify potential problems with the safer management and use of controlled drugs (CDs) in the prison healthcare setting in England.
This article sets out the background to offender health care in the UK and explains how the commissioning of services in England is structured.
It looks at patient safety issues related to commissioning, such as poor attendance at partnership boards, and lack of capability and capacity in clinical commissioning groups.
The safe implementation of a prison-based methadone maintenance programme: 7 year time-series analysis of primary care prescribing data
This study carried out at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Leeds, aimed to evaluate the impact and safety of the introduction of a general practitioner with a special interest (GPsi) in substance misuse led methadone prescribing service into a UK prison between 2003 and 2010.
It found that GP-led opiate prescribing programmes can be introduced safely into secure environments.