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BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5861 (Published 05 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5861

People can acquire completely new memories while asleep (Nature Neuroscience 2012, doi:10.1038/nn.3193). Researchers wafted various smells over willing sleeping participants, while subjecting them to different tones. The smells and tones were insufficiently strong to wake them, and they inhaled more deeply when they smelt pleasant smells. Participants also inhaled more deeply when they heard a tone previously paired with a pleasant smell, even in the absence of that smell. The same deeper inhalation occurred awake in the presence of tones previously linked to pleasant smells.

Do patients have a role in reporting patient safety incidents in a hospital setting? An overview concludes that the practice is in its infancy but that patients are clearly in a position to make such reports (BMJ Quality and Safety 2012;21:685-99, doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2011-000213). In 13 studies included, reports had been actively solicited from patients. Asking only those patients who leave hospital may bias …

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