National safety standards for invasive procedures

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These national standards cover all invasive procedures including those performed outside of the operating department.

National safety standards for invasive procedures PDF, 816.6 KB

Published in September 2015 to help NHS organisations provide safer care and to reduce the number of patient safety incidents related to invasive procedures in which surgical Never Events can occur. The NatSSIPs cover all invasive procedures including those performed outside of the operating department.

June 2019 update: Following recommendations from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch’s (HSIB) June 2018 report “Investigation into the implantation of wrong prostheses during joint replacement surgery” we have amended the ‘Prosthesis Verification Standard’ within the NatSSIPs (p39). These changes are supported by the relevant royal colleges and include clarification about the checking and storage of prosthesis during the procedure, particularly if they need to be stored in the procedural area.

To further prevent incidents involving the wrong selection of a prosthesis for implant, all providers who perform procedures involving the implantation of prosthesis are asked to update their Local Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (LocSSIPs) accordingly. 

The surgical never events taskforce report recommended that a set of high-level national standards of operating department practice were developed to support all providers of NHS-funded care to develop and maintain their own more detailed standardised local procedures. 

The standards support NHS organisations in providing safer care and to reduce the number of patient safety incidents related to invasive procedures in which surgical never events can occur. 

NatSSIPS implementation survey 2018

In February and March 2018 we asked NHS trusts to complete our NatSSIPs implementation survey. This report summarises the responses to the survey, after data cleansing and validation, without drawing conclusions or making any judgements.

It forms one part of a retrospective evaluation of NatSSIPs implementation since their publication in 2015. 

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