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  1. A stage one alert has been issued to ensure ambulance satellite navigation systems are up-to-date.

  2. A stage one alert has been issued to raise awareness of the risk of death or severe harm due to inadvertent injection of skin preparation solution.

  3. A stage one warning has been issued to raise awareness of the introduction of new medical device connectors.

  4. A stage one warning has been issued to raise awareness of unintentional interruption of non-invasive ventilation (NIV).

  5. A stage one warning has been issued to raise awareness of the need for proper storage and management of thickening powder used as part of the treatment of people with dysphagia (swallowing problems).

  6. A stage one warning has been issued to raise awareness of harm from using Low Molecular Weight Heparins (LMWHs) where a situation, patient’s condition, or the use of other medications mean the LMWHs could cause harm or death.

  7. A stage one warning has been issued to raise awareness of the risk of death or serious harm from accidental ingestion of potassium permanganate preparations that are for external use.

  8. A stage one warning has been issued to raise awareness of the risk of death and serious harm from delays in recognising and treating ingestion of button batteries.

  9. A stage one warning has been issued to further raise awareness of the risk of harm or death from inappropriate doses of naloxone in patients on long-term opioid or opiate treatment, where these drugs are used to provide relief from both chronic and acute pain, such as following surgery.

  10. A stage one warning has been issued to continue to raise awareness of sepsis and to signpost clinicians in the ambulance service, primary and community services and secondary care to a set of resources developed by the UK Sepsis Trust, and others.

  11. A stage one warning has been issued by NHS England as part of its work to improve the quality and timeliness of communication with primary and social care when patients are discharged from hospital.

  12. A stage one warning has been issued on the risk of inadvertently cutting in-line (closed) suction catheters. The alert has been issued to all NHS hospitals and community services in England that use in-line or closed suction systems as part of patient care.

  13. An alert on the risk of harm relating to interpretation and action on Protein Creatinine Ratio (PCR) results in pregnant women.

  14. Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have issued  a patient safety alert (17 June) temporarily advising against the use in the home of birthing pools with built-in heaters and recirculation pumps, potentially filled up to two weeks in advance of the birth.

  15. A patient safety alert has been issued by NHS England on the risk of using vacuum and suction drains when not clinically indicated. The alert has been issued for action to be taken by all acute hospitals in England where surgery is performed.

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