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Volume 14/Issue 6, November 2018

Umbilical catheters: safety issues and update to the current BAPM framework for care

Karen Hooper

Safety articles previously published in Infant have highlighted the importance of reporting incidents of actual harm or near misses to reduce the potential for future harm to others.1-3 Trusts currently report over two million incidents every year via their local reporting systems that feed the information into the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS). Clinicians in the Patient Safety team at NHS Improvement routinely review incidents to identify new or under-recognised issues that may need national action to highlight safety concerns to the relevant staff groups, suggest system-level changes, or address manufacturer design processes and thus improve patient safety.

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