The NHS in Wales is putting patients at unnecessary risk by not implementing vital safety alerts

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#IVTEAM #Intravenous news: The BBC report “The NHS in Wales is putting patients at unnecessary risk by not implementing vital safety alerts according to a leading patients’ safety charity. Action Against Medical Accidents says that despite significant improvements in the past year, all seven Welsh health boards are missing deadlines.

The alerts introduce procedures to minimise risks to patients whose treatment has repeatedly gone wrong. The charity had particular concerns about two health boards. Alerts issued by the National Patient Safety Agency, a UK health watchdog, include:

  • procedures to minimise the risks of giving a patient the wrong blood during transfusion
  • promoting the safer use of injectable medicines
  • preventing deaths from incorrect doses of medicines.
  • Each alert has a deadline for its implementation.

The total number of alerts outstanding across Wales reduced from 140 to 61 during the past year – a drop of almost 60%.

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