Book News: September 5th, 2005

The first issue of the Bulletin carries the first analysis of patient safety data in England and Wales. It offers a unique overview of what is going wrong and describes the role of the Patient Safety Observatory in supporting improvements in patient safety at a national level. It includes analysis of more than 85,000 reports made by healthcare staff to the National Reporting and Learning System. The System provides a new way of providing feedback to the NHS. This database collects information on patient safety incidents from all 607 NHS organisations. It is the first comprehensive national reporting system for patient safety incidents in the world, and is the only reporting system covering all healthcare settings, i.e. primary care, acute care, learning disabilities, mental health and ambulance care.The Bulletin is available at: http://www.npsa.nhs.uk/site/media/documents/1246_PSO_Report_FINAL.pdf