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Improving Patient Safety: Insights from American, Australian and British Healthcare

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 10 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:109
  1. Pat Anderson, editor (
  1. Health Care Risk Report, Isleworth, Middlesex

    What ensued when a medical devices officer decided to explore the cupboards at his hospital is one of the most attention grabbing parts of this book. Chris Quinn, from Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, found more than 40 types of infusion pump, 25 of which were obsolete, and discovered that no nurse had had competency based training in their use. An increase in the number of infusion incidents from 1993 to 1996 at the trust has now been reversed, thanks to a training programme and the growth of what Mr Quinn describes as “a culture of …

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