Evidence Bites: Patient Identification

An evidence summary inspired by safety discussions held at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Safety Summit

Why is correct patient identification important? The failure to correctly identify patients continues to result in medication errors, transfusion errors, testing errors, wrong person procedures, and the discharge of infants to the wrong families. The main areas where patient misidentification can occur include drug administration, phlebotomy, blood transfusions, and surgical interventions.

Date of publication: Sept 2017

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Evidence Bites: Distractions and Interruptions

An evidence summary inspired by safety discussions held at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Safety Summit

What is the impact of distractions and interruptions for clinical staff? Interruptions affect staff cognitively by interfering with working memory. Although the evidence is limited, interruptions to nurses’ work have been identified as contributing to medication administration errors. Healthcare is learning lessons from the aviation industry and the ‘sterile cockpit’ which is a ‘no distraction zone’.

Date of publication: Aug 2017

Evidence Bites: Advance Decisions

An evidence summary inspired by safety discussions held at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Safety Summit

End-of-life care may become a patient safety issue due to the high intensity care that is delivered at the end of life. Conversations around instructions such as advance directives may become significant at this time.

What is an advance decision? An advance decision (sometimes known as an advance directive, an ADRT or a living will) is a decision that someone can make now to refuse a specific type of treatment at some time in the future. It is considered a legal document so long as it complies with the Mental Capacity Act, is valid and applies to the situation. If an advance decision is binding, it takes precedence over decisions made in that person’s best interest by other people.

Date of publication: Dec 2017

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and its implications for libraries

This blog post aims to pull together some of the key resources for health libraries relating to GDPR.

What is GDPR?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is new data protection legislation that creates a single set of rules that better protects personal information for people across the EU.  It comes into effect on 25th May 2018.  The aim of GDPR is greater transparency, enhanced rights for citizens and increased accountability.

What does it mean for libraries?

Organisations will be held far more accountable for the data they hold.  As well as records of what personal data exist within the organisation, GDPR requires a documented understanding of why information is held, how it is collected, when it will be deleted or anonymised, and who may gain access to it.

Since libraries work mostly with users and process personal data such as addresses and staff details, they need to be GDPR compliant.

Richard Brigden, Knowledge Systems Manager, richard.bridgen@hee.nhs.uk, Library and Knowledge Services and Technology Enhanced Learning, HEE Midlands and East, has produced a GPDR statement for NHS libraries that highlights the key points and what action is required by librarians.  He has also shared an Example Privacy Notice and Membership Declaration and an Example Library Registration Form.

Is there any training available?

CILIP are running a half-day training event, developed by Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy. More info here.

Gil Young, gil.young@hee.nhs.uk, NHS LKS Development Manager – North West, is organising GDPR training events running in Manchester and Newcastle for NHS library staff in the North of England.

Where can I find out more?

CILIP: Make sure you’re ready for GDPR CILIP members can also download a free GDPR guide produced by Naomi Korn at this link.

 

Interruptions – Evidence Synthesis

This Evidence Synthesis looks at:

  • how often people get interrupted,
  • what causes interruptions,
  • what the effects of interruptions are and
  • how to reduce/dealt with them

Evidence Bites: Safety checklists in Radiology

An evidence summary inspired by safety discussions held at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Safety Summit

Is there a safety checklist for radiology? In March 2009, The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) published guidelines for radiologists in implementing the NPSA Safe Surgery requirement1. Subsequently, checklist for radiological interventions was produced, based on the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.

Date of publication: Oct 2017

HR Evidence Summaries

A collection of results from searches carried out for a HR department including items on discrimination, musculoskeletal injuries, generation groups at work.

Date of publication: April 2018

Also available as individual documents:

Evidence Review – Discrimination and Gender in the NHS
Evidence Synthesis – Race and disciplinary processes in the NHS
Evidence Synthesis – Playing the Generation Game
Evidence Synthesis – Musculoskeletal Injuries in Healthcare Staff