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Patient Safety Resources

Human Factors in Patient Safety


Clinical Human Factors Group An independent campaign group (registered as a charitable trust) which aims to stimulate dialogue and demonstrate through concrete action how a better understanding of the role of human factors can have a significant impact on safety, quality and productivity in healthcare. CHFG is a broad coalition of healthcare professionals, managers and users of services who have partnered with experts in human factors from healthcare and other high-risk industries to campaign for change in the NHS.

The vision of the CHFG is of a healthcare system that places an understanding of human factors at the heart of improving clinical, managerial and organisational practice leading to significant improvements in safety and efficiency. To work towards achieving this vision, CHFG's 'Manifesto for change' focuses on three crucial areas:

  • Human factors education and training
  • Building 'high reliability' organisations
  • Intelligent regulation and independent investigation

RSM Website Material This Special Feature Resources Page, contains interviews and resources relating to a one day symposium held at the RSM on Wednesday 8th December 2010. The symposium was called 'In Safe Hands? Reducing Errors in the Operating Team', and featured talks by a number of academics and clinicians on subjects such as: wrong site surgery, stress and fatigue, situation awareness, the WHO surgical check list and safety in high risk industries

Patient Safety in Surgery - Online Journal A free online journal for all interested in surgical safety.

Please write to me - Writing outpatient clinic letters to patients - Guidance

 The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh endorses the W.H.O. surgical checklist.

This video is an endorsement of the World Health Organisation's "safe surgery saves lives" campaign. In particular it indicates the support that the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is able to give to the surgical checklist that is to be applied universally in surgical practice".

Surgical checklist - Safe Surgery Saves Lives. Learn about the Safe Surgery Saves Lives program.

Video: Defining Quality - Don Berwick In this video, IHIs Former CEO Don Berwick describes a 2001 report by the Institute of Medicine 'Crossing the Quality Chasm', which laid the foundation for health care reform all over the world.

Video: Surgical Leadership Lecture - Dr  Atul Gawande In this video, Dr. Atul Gawande, The New York Times bestselling author of 'Better', 'Complications' and 'The Checklist Manifesto' reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to safely fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third. Gawande is a surgeon at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston and a staff writer for The New Yorker

Video: Surgical Checklist Lecture - Dr Atul Gawande In this video,  Atul Gawande, MD, surgeon, author, and worldwide leader in patient safety joined with the S.C. Hospital Association to formally kick off 'Safe Surgery 2015', an initiative developed to bring the Surgical Safety Checklist to every operating room in the United States, starting with South Carolina hospitals.

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