Latest news from AQuA

Issue: 66 of the AQuA Bulletin is now exclusively available on the AQuA Portal (click here to log on and download).

  • Hunt – NHS must fundamentally change to solve A&E problems
  • NHS England supports winter plans for urgent and emergency services
  • Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards Technology Fund receives extension

  • Safer Care:  UK to Host G8 Dementia Summit
  • Reducing Mortality: Stoptober – Mass 28-day Stop Smoking Challenge
  • Patient Experience: Joint Briefing – The Francis Inquiry
  • Integration: Improving Integration within Mental Healthcare
  • Productivity: CCG Development Framework – A Clear Direction of Travel
  • Safer Care: How Do We Balance Cost-Effectiveness with Safety?
  • Patient Experience: Caldicott Information Governance Review
  • Prevention: Predicting Hospital Admission: An Observational Study
  • Patient Experience: The Shifting Nature of the Health & Social Care Divide
  • Innovation: Shine Innovation Programme Accepting Applications
  • Productivity: £1bn to Help A&Es and NHS Staff Access Medical Records
  • Data & Intelligence: Data round up…

BMJ Editorials: September 2013

What to do about unsafe medicines?         Gillian J Buckley, Jim E Riviere, and Lawrence O Gostin
The word “cancer”: how language can corrupt thought BK Dunn, Sudhir Srivastava, and Barnett S Kramer
Secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism      Sam Schulman and James Douketis

Children’s intensive care deaths at ‘all time low’

Extract from BBC Health News

Death rates in children’s intensive care units are at an all-time low despite increasing admissions, a report has shown.

The Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network found the death rate was 3.8% in 2012 – despite admissions rising 5% from 18,596 in 2011 to 19,516 in 2012.

But it warned out-of-hours staffing levels were often not being met.

Experts said children should have the best care, whatever time of day or night they were admitted.

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