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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
Patients’ resuscitation status in community hospitals | Signal14 February 2011Signal
Over sedation for emergency procedures in isolated locations | Signal14 February 2011Signal
NRLS Quarterly Data Workbook up to September 201003 February 2011Data report
How to guide to venous thromboembolism risk assessment02 February 2011Guidance
Safer spinal (intrathecal), epidural and regional devices31 January 2011Alert
Essential care after an inpatient fall13 January 2011Alert
How to guide to the five steps to safer surgery20 December 2010Guidance
Safer ambulatory syringe drivers16 December 2010Alert
PEAT Assessments 201107 December 2010Data report
Preventing fatalities from medication loading doses25 November 2010Alert
NRLS Quarterly Data Workbook up to June 201024 November 2010Data report
WHO surgical safety checklist: for maternity cases only11 November 2010Guidance
Overdose of intravenous paracetamol in infants and children | Signal29 October 2010Signal
Anticoagulated patients and head injury | Signal29 October 2010Signal
Delay in diagnosis and treatment of spinal cord compression | Signal29 October 2010Signal
Haemorrhage following removal of femoral catheters | Signal29 October 2010Signal
Wrong site nerve block | Signal29 October 2010Signal
Non-invasive ventilation | Signal 29 October 2010Signal
Low temperature as a sign of sepsis in newborn babies | Signal29 October 2010Signal
Risk of harm to bariatric patients from delays in treatment | Signal29 October 2010Signal