Tag Archives: Patient Harms

Quality Improvement: Strategies Needed to Reduce Preventable Patient Harm (NIHR Signal / BMJ / Future Healthcare Journal / WHO)

Summary A recent review found that around 6% patients in healthcare settings (internationally) experience potentially preventable harm; with approximately 1 in 8 such cases resulting in severe harm, permanent disability or death​ “Six types of patient harm were identified: drug … Continue reading

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Potential Harms From Polypharmacy in the Elderly (BBC News / Age UK / EJCP / Bazian / Lancet Psychiatry)

Summary An Age UK report investigates the potential harms of over-prescribing medicines for older people. Older persons often remain on too many prescribed medicines, putting them at risk of side-effects, potentially resulting in falls and other forms of serious harm. … Continue reading

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Where Best Next Campaign: Reducing Length of Hospital Stay (NHS England)

Summary Approximately 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in a hospital each year, often with poor outcomes: “Many older people, particularly those who are frail and may have dementia, actually deteriorate while in hospital – a stay of more … Continue reading

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Potentially Ineffective / Low-Value Treatments in the NHS Under Review (BBC News)

Summary NHS England is actively considering proposals to discontinue or reduce the availability of 17 routine procedures considered to be either ineffective or risky. The aim is to improve patient outcomes, reduce waste in the NHS (by an estimated 200 … Continue reading

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Improving Patient Care by Reducing Length of Hospital Stay (NHS Improvement / NHS England)

Summary The NHS, with the cooperation of local authorities, plans to reduce unnecessarily long stays in hospital for patients by a quarter. The aim is to free-up over 4,000 beds in readiness for anticipated Winter pressures on hospitals. Currently, around … Continue reading

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NHS England’s Pharmacy Integration Fund (NHS England / BBC News)

Summary Care home residents often have multiple long-term conditions and are often prescribed several different medicines (polypharmacy). NHS England plans to fund recruitment of 180 pharmacists and 60 pharmacy technicians who will work with care homes to try to reduce … Continue reading

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Questioning the Disproportionate Flood of Publications Praising the Benefits of Early Detection: Too Much of a Good Thing? (BMJ)

Summary A brief Norwegian review has highlighted an unbalanced surge in publications about the benefits of the earlier detection of diseases (which are typically taken unquestioningly as a “given”). The authors allege that articles discussing the benefits of early detection … Continue reading

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