Other useful links and resources



Guidance on applying human factors to medical devices
MHRA has published guidance on the importance of applying human factors to medical devices, so they are designed and optimised to minimise patient and user safety risks. Read here >>
Out of Hours Activity (Anaesthesia)- Guiding Principles and Recommendations
In October 2014 the AAGBI published its guiding principles and recommendations on Out of Hours Activity. Read here >>
Resuscitation Certification
Members of the AAGBI have sought guidance on the requirement for anaesthetists attending medical emergencies to be current Advanced Life Support (ALS) or Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) providers. Find out more »
Anaesthesia and the developing brain

Concerns have been raised by the results of animal experiments that exposure to certain anaesthetic agents at critical stages of development could result in harm. Read here >>

SmartTots is a Public-Private Partnership between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) that aims to coordinate and fund a research programme to ensure safe anaesthesia for infants and young children.
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WHO Surgical Safety Checklist
The WHO Second Global Safety Challenge was designed to improve surgical safety by ensuring that surgical teams adhere to proven standards of care supported by the WHO Guidelines for Safe Surgery. The external lead for the Safe Surgery Saves Lives team is Atul Gawande, Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist has been shown to improve compliance with standards and decrease complications from surgery in pilot sites in high- middle- and low-income settings. Read More »
New scientific evidence supports the WHO findings that a surgical safety checklist could save hundreds of thousands of lives.
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Supporting materials and information from hospitals that are using the checklist around the world is available here »
The NPSA issued a patient safety alert in February 2009 requiring the checklist to be used for all patients undergoing surgery in the NHS. Read More »
Never Events
'Never events' are serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if preventative measures have been implemented. Read the updated Never Events policy framework 2012 for use in the NHS. Read more >>
The Productive Operating Theatre
The Productive Operating Theatre is a comprehensive package of support that has been co-produced and tested by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement working with NHS theatre teams. It has been designed to enable organisations in the NHS to improve the patient experience and the outcomes of care by pursuing three main goals:
•    Increase the safety and reliability of care
•    Improve team performance and staff wellbeing
•    Add value and improve efficiency.
The Health Foundation
New Resource
Safe and effective delivery of care relies very heavily on team working. In this paper by Nick Sevdalis, he asks why effective team working is so challenging to achieve within hospitals. Nick provides a brief overview of team working, team skills and team training within healthcare; the barriers to effective team training within healthcare organisations; and some directions for the future. This paper would be useful for all healthcare professionals leading or working within teams.  Link to resource »
The Measurement and Monitoring of SafetyThe Health Foundation has published a new report 'The Measurement and monitoring of Safety' by Charles Vincent and colleagues from Imperial College London. The authors discuss all aspects of safety measurement and provide a propose a framework for healthcare organisations. The Health Foundation is seeking views on the report and how the proposed framework could help improve patent safety.Research/evaluation report »
Research/evaluation report summary » 
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
COSHH - The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 define workplace exposure limits for some anaesthetic agents. Read more » 

List of approved Workplace exposure limits (amended 2007): Download PDF »

Department of Health Publications
An organisation with a memory: report of an expert group on learning from adverse events in the NHS chaired by the Chief Medical Officer. 2000 
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The ‘Never Events’ list for 2011/12: policy framework for use in the NHS February 2011 
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“Never events” are defined as ‘serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if the available preventative measures have been implemented by healthcare providers’. Read the Department of Health Never Events’ list for 2011/12 and policy framework for use in the NHS.
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WHO Patient Safety
WHO Patient Safety has developed a range of training materials and tools to help individuals and organizations improve their understanding and knowledge of patient safety 
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Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide
The WHO Patient Safety Team have released the new Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide. Following the success of the WHO Patient Safety Curriculum Guide for Medical Schools, released in 2009, this Multi-professional edition promotes the need for patient safety education to improve the safety of care. The new comprehensive guide assists universities and schools in the fields of dentistry, medicine, midwifery, nursing and pharmacy to teach patient safety and focuses on a number of priority patient safety concepts to improve learning about patient safety.
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