Patient safety is a serious global public health concern. There is a 1 in a million chance of a person being harmed while travelling by plane. In comparison, there is a 1 in 300 chance of a patient being harmed during health care. Industries with a perceived higher risk such as the aviation and nuclear industries have a much better safety record than health care.
This investigation followed the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch being notified of an 18-year-old who died by suicide shortly after transitioning from child and adolescent to adult mental health services. The investigation identified possible issues regarding the transition process.
The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has published its first investigation report relating to a surgical never event.
The patient is a 63-year-old man who underwent hip replacement surgery. During this surgery, incompatible components were used. The error was identified when data from the procedure was recorded in the National Joint Registry.
The draft bill proposes setting up the Health Service Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB). The HSSIB will conduct investigations which focus on learning from patient safety incidents in the NHS, to reduce health care harm and improve patient care.