The original National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs) were published in 2015. Our understanding of how to deliver safe care in in a complex and pressurised system is evolving. These revised standards (NatSSIPs2) are intended to share the learning and best practice to support multidisciplinary teams and organisations to deliver safer care.
NatSSIPs2 consists of two inter-related sets of standards:
The organisational standards are clear expectations of what Trusts and external bodies should do to support teams to deliver safe invasive care.
The sequential standards are the procedural steps that should be taken where appropriate by individuals and teams, for every patient undergoing an invasive procedure.
The NatSSIPs2 have evolved to have less emphasis on tick boxes or rare ‘Never Events’ and now include cautions, priorities and a clear concept of proportionate checks based on risk. We recognise that ‘teams’ change or may be newly formed on the day of a procedure, and therefore require clear processes. NatSSIPs2 should form the basis of improvement work, inspections and curricula.
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