Patient safety: One in ten patients are harmed
Even in high income countries, one in 10 patients experience some form of harm while receiving medical treatment. In some cases, these events can be serious.
The deteriorating patient
The failure to detect clinical deterioration in patients whether in acute-care settings or the community is a significant cause of preventable mortality and morbidity and
Accountability and responsibility in healthcare: Why forgetting is more common than it should be
If you have worked in an office any time in the last few decades you will likely have seen a sign near someone’s desk that
Is there an immediate solution to alleviate the worsening ambulance crisis?
We are seeing unacceptable waits at NH Emergency Departments, which in turn are driving a severe deterioration of the service provided by Ambulance Trusts. Some
Research shows that poor handover in hospitals puts patients at risk of severe harm
Handover in hospitals is the cause of frequent and severe harm to patients, according to new research by digital health platform, CAREFUL. Many patients are
How to engage all staff to improve patient safety culture: The STEP-up programme
Contents1 Why is patient safety culture important?2 Watch the film3 What is STEP-up?4 STEP-up delivers spectacular results5 The four components of patient safety culture6 The
Clinical handover: What are the risks?
Contents1 What is clinical handover?1.1 What’s the evidence that handover is risky?1.2 What does this mean?2 A visual analogy2.1 Where do handover risks originate from?2.2
Handover is dangerous — 10 things we learned about patient safety
Contents1 Our global survey of healthcare practitioners reinforces the risk of handover1.1 What we learnt about handover1.1.1 1. Handover causes frequent errors and patient safety incidents1.1.2
Can we fix the NHS ambulance crisis?
Contents0.1 The short answer is … yes1 Some Answers …1.1 Fixing Ambulance wait for Registration and Triage1.2 Fixing communication at the back door The short
We need to fix the ‘MDT problem’, now
Without the right technical support, MDTs may unravel It is now ten years since the surgeon Ian Paterson— the infamous butcher of Solihull — was
Handover harms? A survey of patient handover safety and an innovative tool for better practice
Healthcare professionals are bound by an oath to do no harm to their patients. In 21st century medicine this goes beyond mere harm prevention to
Is your healthcare record too complex? ‘The Tyranny of Structured Data’
A friend of mine visited his specialist the other day for a follow-up visit: “What pills are you taking?” said the doctor “You should know!”,
Is poor customer service dangerous to your health?
Recently, my family and I had a spot of bother with ESPA – an outfit that sells high-priced unctions to those who, like me, want
Bring Your Own Device in Health?
Of course, you would assume that Careful supports Bring Your Own Device for health workers and you would be right. But, we built a web
Do you still use paper handover lists? Answers on a postcard please
by Dr DJ Hamblin-Brown Senior physical leader and Emergency Doctor, Digital Health Entrepreneur The other day, I saw this twitter conversation. “Ward nurses and student
Developing An Android App
by Simon Shearston, CTO of Careful We were fairly close to completing our iOS version when we decided to shift to Android as we were
Who’s trying to die? The Top-10 questions that junior doctors need to know (but their EPR won’t tell them)
You are just starting on duty as the junior doctor of a busy medical department. It’s 8pm. The outgoing doctor – who has been on
Why I Choose to Work For CAREFUL
by Simon Shearston Chief Technology Officer of Careful Systems I have an anecdotal story to tell, but I have seen it before in my time
UK doctor ‘burnout’ rises to 40% and made worse by bureaucracy, increasing risks to patients
Among the recent hype surrounding the US presidential election and its aftermath, it would have been easy to miss a piece of bad news buried
Medication errors cost £42bn annually; transitions of care are high risk
“Would you like your blood thinning tablets?”. The nurse asked the question very sweetly, but it was a troubling question. Because my young relative, waiting