Patient safety

Patient safety is the avoidance of unintended or unexpected harm to people during the provision of health care. We support providers to minimise patient safety incidents and drive improvements in safety and quality. Patients should be treated in a safe environment and protected from avoidable harm.

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The NHS Patient Safety Strategy

The NHS Patient Safety Strategy describes how the NHS will continuously improve patient safety, building on the foundations of a safer culture and safer systems.

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Patient safety improvement programmes

Patient safety improvement programmes (SIPs) prioritise some of the most important safety issues across the NHS in England. They use quality improvement methodology to reduce unnecessary patient harm or death and to improve care.

Patient safety news and alerts

Foreign body aspiration during intubation, advanced airway management or ventilation

A National Patient Safety Alert has been issued on the risk of foreign body aspiration during intubation, advanced airway management or ventilation. National Patient Safety Alert – Foreign body aspiration during intubation, advanced airway management or ventilation About this alert Foreign body aspiration can occur if loose items are unintentionally introduced into the airway during […]