EWTD not responsible for near missesBMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5318 (Published 29 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5318
- Alasdair I Moonie, acute physician1
In a two month period, 73 admissions after 5 pm were included in the Blackburn urology out of hours admissions audit.1 It is disappointing that such small numbers of patients were not handed over adequately, leading to near misses.
Surely the threat to patient safety is a consequence of poor handover, poor tracking of out of hours admissions, and lack of senior input at night (on-site or by phone), rather than the shift system as the authors suggest.
Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5318
Competing interests: None declared.
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