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Patient safety resources

These resources range from alerts and guidance to toolkits and data reports and can help healthcare professionals improve patient safety in their organisation.



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Subscribe to email alerts from the Central Alerting System (CAS) here. This system includes Safety alerts, emergency alerts, drug alerts, Dear Doctor letters and Medical Device Alerts.


Following the transfer of the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) to NHS Improvement on 1 April 2016, from 28 September 2016 the Organisational Patient Safety Incident Reports (OPSIR) and NRLS Quarterly Data Summaries (QDS) are now published on the NHS Improvement website. This begins with the publishing of the OPSIR October 2015 to March 2016 and the QDS reports for January to March 2016 and April to June 2016


Previous OPSIR and QDS data reports can still be found below.

TitleIssue dateType
Oxygen safety in hospitals | Rapid Response Report29 September 2009Alert
Total intravenous anaesthesia | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Poor quality of organs for transplant | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Delayed diagnosis of testicular torsion | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Managing sickle cell crises | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Vaccine storage | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Delayed diagnosis of spinal fractures | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Haemorrhage after liver biopsy | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Extravasation injury in neonates | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Wardrobes used as ligature points | Signal24 September 2009Signal
Data Quality Standards | guidance for organisations reporting to the RLS18 September 2009Data report
Safety in doses03 September 2009Data report
Quarterly Data Summary issue 1331 August 2009Data report
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 13: Learning from reporting - chest drains31 August 2009Data report
Quarterly Data Summary Issue 13: Learning from reporting - staffing31 August 2009Data report
Hospital hydration best practice toolkit25 August 2009Toolkit
Outputs of the Safer Medication Team: a review10 August 2009Data report
Minimising risks of suprapubic catheter insertion (adults only)29 July 2009Alert
Risk to patient safety of not using the NHS Number as the national identifier...24 June 2009Alert
Preventing delay to follow-up for patients with glaucoma11 June 2009Alert