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In safe hands? The need to know more about safety in health care

Blog post 07/12/2018Sarah Scobie

Ensuring care is safe and harm-free remains high on the policy agenda, and rightly so. But are we measuring and monitoring safety appropriately, and what steps could be taken to improve it in the long run? Sarah Scobie argues for a shift in our understanding.

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Suicide in mental health service users

Indicator 30/11/2018

We look at suicides by people who had been in contact with mental health services.

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Social care users and safety

Indicator 30/11/2018

We look at whether adult social care services are helping service users feel safe.

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Healthcare-associated infections

Indicator 30/11/2018

We analyse changes in annual counts of healthcare-associated infections including MRSA, C. difficile and E. coli.

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Are patients told about medication side effects?

Indicator 30/11/2018

This indicator uses survey data to explore whether patients are told about medication side effects to watch for.

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Emergency readmissions

Indicator 30/11/2018

This indicator looks patients who are readmitted to hospital in an emergency within 30 days of discharge.

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Injuries due to falls

Indicator 30/11/2018

This analysis explores the percentage of hip fractures that were the result of an inpatient fall, and how prompt hip fracture surgery is.

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Venous thromboembolism

Indicator 30/11/2018

We examine rates of venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessment and deaths from VTE related events after discharge from hospital.

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Hospital cleanliness

Indicator 30/11/2018

We examine results from the Adult Inpatient Survey, looking at hospital ward cleanliness.

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