This communication tool empowers patients to engage with their safety during surgery by suggesting topics for communication between the patient and the surgical team. It guides patients to disclose key information and to ask important safety questions about their surgery.
This paper outlines the challenges of workforce planning in maternity services, particularly in intrapartum care, where demand is highly variable. It discusses some of the key features particular to maternity workforce planning such as the gold standard of providing 1:1 midwifery care, the transfer of care from one community area to a different secondary care area and the “hidden” workload undertaken in intrapartum care units managing patients who are not in labour.
The maternity team at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust share how they have improved maternity safety – through the improved recognition and management of high-risk women/babies and improvement in staff communication.
Understanding the patient safety issues for some vulnerable groups of women known to be at higher risk of maternal death or morbidity
This literature scoping review was commissioned by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) as part of a project to determine any specific patient safety issues for vulnerable women known to be at higher risk of maternal death or morbidity.
Providing equity of critical and maternity care for the critically ill pregnant or recently pregnant woman
This document summarises all relevant safety standards in the area of critical care for the pregnant or recently pregnant women. These recommendations are applicable to either a specialised maternity care or general critical care unit. This document was particularly created in response to a recognition that there are still significant deaths associated with suboptimal care and that this mortality is higher amongst ethnic minority groups.
Safe staffing levels have been identified as a key element of delivering high quality, safe care. Commissioners and providers need to work together to regularly review staffing levels to ensure that staff are able to provide adequate contact time with patients to ensure safe care.
This paper, published in the journal Endocrine Practice, looks at the development of a multidisciplinary Diabetes Inpatient Safety Committee to effectively address the many barriers to achieving glycaemic control in the inpatient setting.