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New safety standards published for invasive procedures

A set of new national safety standards have been published to support NHS hospitals to provide safer surgical care.

The national safety standards for invasive procedures aim to reduce the number of patient safety incidents related to invasive procedures in which surgical “never events” could occur.

These new standards set out broad principles of safe practice and advise healthcare professionals on how they can implement best practice, such as through a series of standardised safety checks and education and training. The standards also support NHS providers to work with staff to develop and maintain their own, more detailed, local standards and encourage the sharing of best practice between organisations.