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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
The adult patient’s passport to safer use of insulin30 March 2011Alert
Use of plastic bags for self harm | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Intravenous morphine administration on neonatal units | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Monitoring patients with fractured ribs | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Imperforate anus in newborn babies | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Early detection and treatment of acute limb ischaemia | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Outbreak of prosthetic valve endocarditis | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Monitoring plasma sodium levels in babies | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Multiple use of single use injectable medicines | Signal25 March 2011Signal
Reducing the harm caused by misplaced nasogastric feeding tubes in adults,...10 March 2011Alert
Organisation Patient Safety Incident Reports - data workbooks March 201102 March 2011Data report
Supporting information for Organisation Patient Safety Incident Reports - March...02 March 2011Data report
The safe use of ultra low beds | Signal14 February 2011Signal
Risk of harm to patients who are nil by mouth | Signal14 February 2011Signal
Risk of harm from compression bandages | Signal14 February 2011Signal
Missed diagnosis of fractures in children | Signal14 February 2011Signal
Airway suction equipment | Signal14 February 2011Signal
The risk of harm when using intravenous connectors in children and babies |...14 February 2011Signal
The risk of harm from children and neonates entangled in lines | Signals14 February 2011Signal
Haemorrhages from arteriovenous fistula | Signal14 February 2011Signal