Patient safety alert to improve reporting and learning of medication and medical devices incidents – NHS England – 20 March 2014
“NHS England and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have today jointly issued two patient safety alerts to help healthcare providers increase incident reporting for medication errors and medical devices. The alerts instruct providers to take specific steps that will improve data report quality; and will see the establishment of national networks to maximise learning and provide guidance on minimising harm relating to these two incident types.
The patient safety alerts call on large healthcare provider organisations across a range of healthcare sectors, along with healthcare commissioners, to identify named leaders in both medication and medical device safety roles. These leaders will be supported by two new national networks for medication and medical device safety. The networks will improve communication and feedback on reported safety issues, and enable safer practice to be discussed and shared through webinars, online forums, conferences and workshops.
Smaller healthcare provider organisations should continue to report medication and device incidents, take action to improve medication and device safety locally and work with local safety champions.
This joint work responds to a number of strategic drivers including recommendations by Sir Robert Francis QC and Professor Don Berwick on patient safety and a review by Earl Howe into MHRA’s handling of the PIP breast implant fraud. All recommended taking steps to maximise the quality and quantity of adverse incident reports from healthcare organisations.”
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