Veterinary nurses are being asked for their observations and opinions with regard to non-technical skills and the management of error and risk (patient safety) in veterinary practice. Participants will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 of Amazon vouchers.

Veterinary nurses are being asked for their observations and opinions with regards to non-technical skills and the management of error and risk (patient safety) in veterinary practice. Participants will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 of Amazon vouchers.
 
Emma Freeman is asking VNs for their for their observations and opinionsEmma Freeman, a third year veterinary student at The University Of Nottingham, said: “Life in a veterinary practice can get extremely hectic, with hundreds of decisions being made every day relating to the health and welfare of patients. Although nobody wants them to occur, events can sometimes happen that lead to issues regarding the safety of patients.

“To err is human – what is essential is that error is managed and preventative measures are put in place so that the veterinary team can learn and improve.
 
“Safety of patients is becoming a top priority for the NHS, which has its own agency (National Patient Safety Agency) and reporting system (National Clinical Assessment Service). These agencies work together to evaluate current systems and identify trends in current data. Some current data suggests that 10% of patients admitted to NHS hospitals will experience an adverse event, and of these incidents 50% could have been avoided.
 
“In contrast, there is no current data or system in place in the veterinary profession.”
 
Explaining why her study focuses on VNs, Emma said: “Veterinary nurses play an intricate role in the day to day tasks of a veterinary practice, and can therefore provide a detailed insight into the current systems in a veterinary setting.”
 
The study, which is part of Emma’s undergraduate veterinary student research project, takes the form of a questionnaire and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Those completing the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 of Amazon vouchers.

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