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Restraint and never events: an opportunity for change

01 September 2011

Mental Health Practice


In light of the decision by the Department of Health (DH) to exclude serious injury or death by physical restraint from the list of ‘never events’, it is clear that...

Improving safety by developing trust with a just culture

23 December 2021

Nursing Management

patient safety

This article presents a simple conceptual road map for implementing a just culture in healthcare settings. The concept of just culture was developed as one of five...

Supporting staff who are second victims after adverse healthcare events

28 November 2019

Nursing Management


Healthcare delivery is challenging and complex, At some point, most healthcare professionals, including nurses, will be directly or indirectly involved in adverse...

Developing a standardised pre-SACT safety checklist for nurses on a haematology unit

02 May 2023

Cancer Nursing Practice

Cancer treatments

Systemic anticancer therapy (SACT) is a high-risk procedure with the potential for medication errors at every stage, from prescribing and dispensing to...

Nurses’ perceptions of the influence of leadership behaviours and organisational culture on patient safety incident reporting practices

16 May 2023

Nursing Management

patient safety

Background: Patient safety is a priority for all healthcare organisations. Enhancing patient safety incident reporting practices requires effective leadership...

A process for supporting children’s nurses after medication errors

20 January 2020

Nursing Children and Young People

patient safety

Preventable medication-related incidents are a reality during an inpatient stay. While most incidents are intercepted, some reach the patient and can result in...

Researching nurses’ adherence to patient safety guidelines in emergency departments

28 June 2022

Emergency Nurse


Background One of the reasons why patient safety may be put at risk during healthcare interventions is a lack of staff adherence to patient safety guidelines. There...

Understanding the role of the scrub nurse during robotic surgery

28 November 2022

Nursing Standard


In the operating theatre, the scrub nurse has a wide range of roles, including responsibility for organising and ensuring that the correct instrumentation is...

Changing the focus of adverse incident reporting in mental health nursing

05 December 2023

Mental Health Practice

Care safety

While overall incident reporting in mental health settings has increased in recent years, so too has the frequency of self-harm and aggression towards patients and...