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Through analysis of reports of patient safety incidents, and safety information from other sources, we develop advice for the NHS that can help ensure the safety of patients.


Advice is issued to the NHS as and when issues arise, via the Central Alerting System in England and directly to NHS organisations in Wales.


Alerts cover a wide range of topics, from vaccines to patient identification. Types of alerts include Rapid Response Reports, Patient Safety Alerts, and Safer Practice Notices.


We often work in partnership with other healthcare agencies, Royal Colleges and NHS trusts and organisations on the development and delivery of alerts.


Search or browse the directory below for alerts.


Please note: From 1 June 2012 all enquiries related to alerts (Rapid Response Reports, Patient Safety Alerts, Safer Practice Notices etc) should be directed to the Central Alerting System Helpdesk: safetyalerts@dh.gsi.gov.uk.

TitleIssue dateType
Technical patient safety solutions for ventilator-associated pneumonia in...01 August 2008Alert
Infusions and sampling from arterial lines Rapid Response Report28 July 2008Alert
Reducing dosing errors with opioid medicines04 July 2008Alert
Chest drains: risks associated with the insertion of chest drains01 May 2008Alert
Intravenous Heparin Flush Solutions24 April 2008Alert
Oral anti-cancer medicines: risks of incorrect dosing22 January 2008Alert
NICE NPSA medicines reconciliation adults hospital01 December 2007Alert
Fire hazard with paraffin-based skin products26 November 2007Alert
Emergency support in surgical units: dealing with haemorrhage10 September 2007Alert
Non-lipid and lipid formulations of injectable amphotericin03 September 2007Alert
Standardising wristbands improves patient safety03 July 2007Alert
Risk of confusion between cytarabine and liposomal cytarabine (Depocyte)18 June 2007Alert
Epidural injections and infusions28 March 2007Alert
Promoting safer use of injectable medicines28 March 2007Alert
Promoting safer measurement and administration of liquid medicines via oral and...28 March 2007Alert
Reducing the risk of hyponatraemia when administering intravenous infusions to...28 March 2007Alert
Actions that can make oral anticoagulant therapy safer: Information for...28 March 2007Alert
Actions that can make anticoagulant therapy safer: Alert and other information28 March 2007Alert
Actions that can make anticoagulant therapy safer: Work competences01 March 2007Alert
Bedrails Safer Practice Notice26 February 2007Alert