Scottish Patient Safety Programme in
Patient safety - it’s no trouble at all
Scotland’s Patient Safety Programme has been running in Scottish
acute hospitals for over 4 years, during which time it has achieved
some remarkable results, including significant reductions in
ventilator acquired pneumonia and central line infections in
critical care units in test sites throughout Scotland.
However, patients receive care from a range of services – most
notably, from their local GP. We need to ensure that primary care
is safe and that patients don’t fall through the gaps as they move
across different parts of our healthcare system.
The aim of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme in Primary
Care is to reduce the number of events which could cause avoidable
harm from healthcare delivered in any primary care setting. In
order to achieve that goal, we have developed a range of tools and
resources to support those working within primary care
to bring about a patient safety culture within their
- Safety culture: improving patient
safety through the use of trigger tools (structured case note
reviews) and safety climate surveys.
- Safer medicines: including the
prescribing and monitoring of high risk medications, such as
warfarin and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and
developing reliable systems for medication reconciliation in the
- Safety at the interface: focusing on
developing reliable systems for handling written and electronic
communication and implementing measures to ensure reliable care for
The programme will give you access to tools, resources and
learning which will help you directly influence patient safety
within your primary care setting.
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