Evidence in brief: How safe are clinical systems? Primary research into the reliability of systems within seven NHS organisations and ideas for improvement – The Health Foundation – May 2010

Posted on June 2, 2010. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Patient Safety | Tags: |

Evidence in brief: How safe are clinical systems? Primary research into the reliability of systems within seven NHS organisations and ideas for improvement – The Health Foundation – May 2010

“The knowledge that poor systems can cause harm is not new, but the size of this problem has not been established
systematically. This report provides groundbreaking evidence of the extent to which important clinical systems and processes fail, and the potential these failings have to harm patients.

This study forms part of the Health Foundation’s work to help healthcare organisations improve the quality of services they offer. Our Safer Patients Initiative has highlighted the need to take a clinical systems approach to improving safety, since it is failings in these systems that often contribute to breakdowns in patient safety.

The work also supports our Safer Clinical Systems programme by providing a much-needed evidence base. It systematically identifies and documents the different defects in specific points of the care pathway, the extent to which they vary and their potential for patient harm.”

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