Deteriorating Patient

Our programmes aim to reduce mortality and harm for people. Read more on our work on Sepsis, Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), pressure ulcers and results handling. 

Primary Care Sepsis Collaborative

Sepsis can be difficult to recognise and delays in treatment can have a devastating effect on patients and their families.  Between summer 2016 and spring 2018 we worked with three NHS boards and the Scottish Ambulance Service to develop test and implement essential elements for prompt and reliable recognition and appropriate response to deteriorating patients in primary care.

Find out more about this programme and the resources.

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)

In 2016 SPSP completed a 90 day process report to inform content, delivery and direction of future safety work. Harm from AKI is recognised to cut across boundaries and specialties in both primary and secondary care and is associated with high mortality, adverse long term outcomes and increased healthcare costs. That's why we are working with SPSP Acute Care within Healthcare Improvement Scotland to review the learning from the AKI Collaborative which ran between August 2017 and March 2019. Early scoping work is underway to establish the future direction of this work.

Find out more by visiting SPSP Acute Care- Acute Kidney Injury

Reducing Pressure Ulcers

From May 2016–December 2017, the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) worked in collaboration with Scottish Care, the Care Inspectorate and with the support of five health and social care pilot sites on an improvement programme to reduce pressure ulcers in care homes. This programme had an improvement aim to reduce pressure ulcers in care homes by 50% by December 2017.

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Results handling

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme in Primary Care has developed a number of resources in this change package to reflect the evidence and to provide practices with tools. The measures and resources in this change package will provide insights into how safe and reliable their practice systems are for managing test results, as well as practical suggestions to support improvement.

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