Recurrent reports have called for improvement in the way in which obstetric teams work together. The cultural and organisational working practices that differ between these groups can make handover and teamworking a challenge. Dr Edward Prosser-Snelling's article examines the nature of teams and handover in obstetrics and provides some suggested areas for improvement.
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.
Delivering a comprehensive screening programme for early stage renal impairment in patients with diabetes
In this paper Donal O’Donoghue, National Clinical Director for Kidney Care, discusses the patient safety issues in preventing diabetic kidney disease through screening programmes. He introduces the preventative opportunities in diabetes patients to avoid renal damage and reviews existing programmes for early diagnosis and prevention.
Commencing insulin therapy in patients with diabetes introduces a number of patient safety risks, including hypoglycaemia. Healthcare professionals commonly lack the expertise and time to educate each patient about titrating their changing dose requirements.
In this paper, Julie Storr, Neil Wigglesworth and Claire Kilpatrick, on behalf of the Infection Prevention Society, discuss the application of human factors principles within infection prevention and control activities – up until now a largely unexploited area.
The ENABLE - ‘Enhancing care and saving lives of people with CKD’ - study, coordinated by Kidney Research UK and funded by the Health Foundation, aims to improve the management of people with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Developed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, this discussion paper provides information, guidance and examples to develop best practice in the prevention and management of pressure ulcers.