Patient safety campaign adopted by 70% of English trusts in first year

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2375
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Seven out of 10 trusts in England have signed up to the voluntary Patient Safety First campaign, a year after its launch.

    The campaign, which supports trusts in implementing changes in practices that are proved to reduce the level of avoidable harm and improve patient safety, has had the biggest uptake among acute trusts. Altogether 154 out of 168 (92%) acute trusts in England have officially signed up to the campaign.

    However, fewer other trusts have joined. Although nearly two thirds (86/148) of primary care trusts in England have signed up to the campaign, only about half (39/76) of mental health trusts and ambulance trusts (5/11) have.

    Patient Safety First promotes five main interventions: getting trust boards to show that patient safety is their highest priority; reducing in-hospital cardiac arrest and mortality through earlier recognition and treatment of deteriorating patients; improving critical care through the application of care bundles; preventing surgical site infection and implementing the World Health Organization’s safe surgery checklist; and reducing harm from high risk drugs, including anticoagulants, opiates, injectible sedatives, and insulin.

    A prerequisite to joining the campaign is that all trusts must agree to take on the leadership role and make safety their top priority and adopt one other recommendation. The most popular intervention among acute trusts was improving the care of deteriorating patients, with 62 of the 154 trusts choosing to implement this recommendation.



    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2375

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