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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. A patient safety alert has been issued today (9 June 2014) by NHS England on standardising the early identification of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). The alert has been issued to all NHS acute trusts and foundation trusts providing pathology services.

  8. A patient safety alert has been issued today (14 April 2014) by NHS England on residual anaesthetic drugs in cannulae and intravenous lines leading to cardiac or respiratory arrest.

  9. A patient safety alert has been issued today (10 April 2014) by NHS England on minimising risks of omitted and delayed medicines for patients receiving homecare services.

  10. Reduce the risk of hypothermia with CRRT equipment that continuously monitors the temperature of fluid being administered to patients.

  11. The alert recommended changes to strengthen local clinical governance arrangements and the identification of Medical Devices Safety Officers (MDSOs) and multi-professional groups to review incidents and to improve the safety of medical devices.

  12. The alert recommends changes to strengthen clinical governance arrangements, and the identification of medication safety officers (MSOs) and multi-professional groups to review medication error incidents and improve medication safety locally.

  13. Prevent the spread of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae

  14. ECGs are routinely performed to diagnose cardiac problems and there are no risks associated with the test itself, however, there is a risk of associating ECG records with wrong patients leading to misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment.

  15. This alert provides new guidance on spinal (intrathecal) devices for chemotherapy that replaces guidance in previous alerts NPSA/2009/PSA004A and NPSA/2011/PSA001. All other guidance in previous alerts remains unchanged.

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