CARSs - Implementing Computer-Aided Risk Score systems for mortality and sepsis

We are developing and evaluating computer-aided risk tools to improve patient safety within secondary care. We hope that our tools can bring the risks to the attention of healthcare staff so that they can address problems early.

Specifically, we have developed automated risk scores that provide clinicians with real time estimates of the patients’ risk of death and sepsis during their stay in hospital.

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Micronarratives – Staff-reported micronarratives as a source of real-time soft intelligence on safety

“Micronarratives” are fragments of stories or short descriptions of experience that carry some special meaning for the originator. Emerging technologies for micronarrative capture and feedback are finding applications within a range of domains and settings, including health services. Their potential to provide real-time intelligence on issues such as operational safety or organisational culture through an active human sensor network has not been systematically investigated.


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Safety in developing and evaluating risk assessment tools

Considering safer decisions in a digital world, we are looking at the safety of algorithms embedded within clinical systems. As patient-safety specialists, we are also interested in the broader questions around dependability, success factors and understanding unintended consequences.


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Safe Use of Medicines and Digital Innovations: Development of a case-finding tool

Considering safer decisions in a digital world, we are working with the Safe Use of Medicines theme to support primary-care clinicians’ reviews of patient prescriptions.

We are helping to develop and evaluate a tool that will identify patients at higher risk of experiencing an adverse event given the medications they use.


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Evaluating the safety and patient impacts of an A.I. Command Centre in the NHS

Bradford Royal Infirmary hosts the first A.I. Command Centre in Europe, designed to help care coordination throughout the hospital.

As patient-safety specialists, will evaluate Bradford’s A.I. Command Centre’s influence on quality, safety and organisation of care.


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Winter Pressures – Modelling patient flow

Considering safer decision in a digital world, simulation modelling can be used to safely test out scenarios and ideas to help alleviate unwanted circumstances like the pressures caused by winter spikes in admissions. As patient-safety specialists, we are using state-of-the-art simulation techniques to improve our understanding of the antecedents of winter pressures and any potential mitigations.


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Theoretical and practical foundations of Patient Safety Informatics: A workshop series

We are leading a series of workshops to explore the interaction between emerging digital health technologies and patient safety. These workshops are aimed at developing a stronger, multidisciplinary framework for safety informatics

Our objective is to provide a robust academic appraisal of the evidence base and subject-matter expertise to produce key position papers and research agenda papers that define the field of safety informatics and serve as a platform for future research and development.


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Patients as prompts: Promoting early diagnosis in primary care

We are working with the Patient Involvement in Patient Safety theme to develop and test of a tool to support patients and primary care healthcare professionals in achieving a faster cancer diagnosis in primary care.

Our tool hopes to support safety netting within a primary care consultation, particularly for vague symptoms that may be related to cancer.


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Post-operative outcomes and resource use in cancer surgery

Patients who need surgery for cancer must balance the risks of undergoing and not undergoing surgery. The decision to undergo surgery is complicated by other existing conditions and diseases that the patient has, e.g. cancer or COVID-19.

This study attempts to clarify the relationship between surgery timing, SARS-CoV-2 status, and cancer patient outcomes after surgery.


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Digital innovation theme affiliated projects and PhD programmes

We also support a range of project led by our affiliated members.


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Digital Incubator – Where we encourage the formation and development of research ideas

The Digital Incubator is our environment where we nurture potential projects before they go live. The Incubator has proved an effective way to manage and spin up successful projects like our Winter Pressures project. New Incubator projects come from the Priority Setting exercises, Safety Challenge Innovation events (previous; current), and our network of NHS, industry and NIHR Patient Safety contacts.


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