Patient safety

More than one million people use NHS 111 online to get quick advice about coronavirus

Since its launch last Wednesday one million people have benefited from dedicated NHS online support for coronavirus, with enquiries jumping to a record high of more than 210,000 in a single day. The update to 111 online was launched to help people get quick advice about coronavirus, as enquiries to the health service about the […]

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Ligature and ligature point risk assessment tools and policies

A National Patient Safety Alert has been issued around ligature and ligature point risk assessment tools and policies. In keeping with guidance around publishing information of this nature, this alert is not available in the public domain and can only be accessed through the Central Alerting System website by registered users. About National Patient Safety […]

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NHS comments on coronavirus ‘drive through’ testing service

The NHS is currently rolling out services on NHS sites to test people for coronavirus, including a new service now in action in west London, offering ‘drive through’ coronavirus testing. The new service, provided by Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust in Parsons Green, is only accessed through a referral from NHS 111, and means […]

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Risk of death and severe harm from ingesting superabsorbent polymer gel granules (2019)

A National Patient Safety Alert has been issued around the risk of ingesting superabsorbent polymer gel granules. National Patient Safety Alert – Superabsorbent polymer gel granules (2019) About this alert Superabsorbent polymer gel granules are used to reduce spillage onto bedding and clothing when patients use urine bottles or vomit bowls, or when staff move […]

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Depleted batteries in intraosseous injectors

A National Patient Safety Alert has been issued around the risk of depleted batteries in intraosseous injectors. National Patient Safety Alert: Depleted batteries in intraosseous injectors The intraosseous (IO) route (that is, through the bone marrow) is used to access the venous system when intravenous access is not possible to administer medicines or fluids, often […]

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