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The Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) embedded in AHSNs enabled fast, co-ordinated activity to support teams on the frontline of the coronavirus (COVID-19) response. The PSCs reprioritised work during the pandemic, focusing on identifying and managing people at risk of deterioration; implementing safer tracheostomy care; and supporting maternity and neonatal units to safeguard mothers and babies. We also capitalised on the breadth and depth of our established relationships to enable, develop and share support in a timely and targeted manner.

During the first wave of the pandemic, it became apparent that low oxygen saturation in coronavirus patients directly correlated with worsening illness. Therefore, we supported the national roll-out of the COVID Oximetry @ home model so patients could self-monitor, with support from primary care. As we emerge from the pandemic we will continue to develop innovations that positively impact patient safety and build on the deep connection between AHSNs and PSCs.

The freedom to act afforded to frontline staff during the pandemic will be a powerful asset as we look to the future, coupled with the right quality improvement framework

Read more about the Patient Safety Collaborative’s  work supporting the delivery of the National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes.

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