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Leading safety indicators: Towards determining the enhancement or degradation of the level of patient safety in healthcare

Chatzimichailidou, MM and Ward, JR and Clarkson, PJ Leading safety indicators: Towards determining the enhancement or degradation of the level of patient safety in healthcare. In: Human Factors in Complex Systems, 2016, 2016-6-7 to 2016-6-8, Nottingham, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

A leading safety indicator is “a warning sign that can be used in monitoring a safety-critical process to detect when a safety-related assumption is broken or dangerously weak and that action is required to prevent an accident. Alternatively, a leading indicator is a warning signal that the validity or vulnerability of an assumption is changing” (Leveson 2015). The NHS defines a “patient safety incident” as “any unintended or unexpected incident which could have or did lead to harm for one or more patients receiving NHS care”. The Health Foundation (2013) notes that fifteen years after the establishment of the National Patient Safety Agency, it is still difficult to know whether patients are safer in the NHS than they were. Thus, the question is: can leading safety indicators monitor and assess the level of patient safety?

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Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:58
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 07:05
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