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Important Information Regarding NHS Safety Alerts

Posted by: Elizabeth Taylor 14 Jun 17  | Latest News
It is essential that our Nurses are fully aware, informed and up-to-date with the recent updates and changes within the NHS.

Please find below important information about the NHS Safety Alerts, what they are and how they work.

NHS safety Alerts rapidly warn the healthcare system of risks. They provide guidance on preventing potential incidents that may lead to harm or death.

Incidents are identified using our reporting system to spot emerging patterns at a national level, so that appropriate guidance can be developed and issued to protect patients from harm.

Patient safety alerts are issued via the Central Alerting System (CAS),a web-based cascading system for issuing alerts, important public health messages and other safety critical information and guidance to the NHS and other organisations, including independent providers of health and social care.

The Three Types of Alerts to be Aware of:

Warning Alerts

Typically issued in response to a new or under-recognised patient safety issue with the potential to cause death or severe harm. Warning alerts are published as soon as possible after becoming aware of an issue and identifying that healthcare providers could take constructive action to reduce the risk of harm. Warning alerts ask healthcare providers to agree and coordinate an action plan, rather than to simply distribute the alert to frontline staff.

Resource Alerts

Typically issued in response to a patient safety issue that is already well-known, either because an earlier warning alert has been issued or because they address a widespread patient safety issue. Resource alerts are used to ensure healthcare providers are aware of any substantial new resources that will help to improve patient safety, and ask healthcare providers to plan implementation in a way that ensures sustainable improvement. Highlighted resources will usually have been developed by national bodies, professional organisations or networks.

Directive Alerts

Typically issued because a specific, defined action to reduce harm has been developed and tested to the point where it can be universally adopted, or when an improvement to patient safety relies on standardisation (all healthcare providers changing practice or equipment to be consistent with each other) by a set date.

While most alerts will relate to patient safety issues, alerts are also issued with the aim of improving local systems and processes for improving patient safety.

Please Click here to find out more and ensure you are fully aware of all NHS Safety Alerts.

These will need to be re-visited regularly to ensure you are aware of all recent updates
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