HSIB warns of lack of patient information at the bedside

NHS staff may not always be able to access accurate, critical information at the hospital bedside during life-threatening emergencies, a new report from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has warned.

A new report from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has warned that patient care is being hampered by a lack of critical information, prompting a call for action on a national scale. Access to digital systems, limitations of digital infrastructure, confidentiality concerns, issues with sharing information, how information is displayed at the bedside, and variation in practice are just some of the barriers cited in the report to staff being able to provide the most effective emergency care to patients at their bedside.

These safety issues became apparent as HSIB undertook a national investigation into how critical information is accessed on a hospital ward, focusing on the CPR recommendation. The report emphasises that if incorrect information is accessed, the impact can be harmful and in the worst cases lead to death. This was seen in the case HSIB examined to illustrate the patient safety risks. 

The reference case

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