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Ophthalmic Safety Alert – detachment of cannulas during ophthalmic surgery

The NHS Improvement national patient safety team have informed the College of the continued trend of incidents involving issues with detachment of cannulas during ophthalmic surgery (cannula-associated ocular injury, COI). The cannula is usually attached to either a saline or a viscoelastic syringe. The combination of a small lumen and plunger pressure can result in

Medicines Safety

A key part of patient safety is medicines safety and, although ophthalmology is a surgical specialty, many drugs are used to treat people, to examine them and in theatre. Safely managing medicines is crucial to delivering high quality ophthalmic care. The College now advises members on drug supply issues and managing these. Prescribing-Unlicensed-Medicines-A-brief-guide Generic Latanoprost

Trainees warn imposition of contract threatens future of UK healthcare

Open letter to Secretary of State for Health Members of the trainee committees that sit on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Trainee Doctors Group (ATDG) have written an open letter to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, to express their concerns with proposals to impose a new employment contract on all doctors in

Out of hours urgent ophthalmology services

It has come to the College’s attention that in many areas of the country some ophthalmology departments (‘local’) are closing early in the evening and at weekends, leaving other surrounding departments (‘central’) to cope with urgent ophthalmic referrals that arise during this time. In some instances this action has been taken without sufficient planning and

Patient Safety

Standards of practice and guidelines for ophthalmic care are available from the College and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The maintenance of such standards in ophthalmology at organisational level is achieved through adequate staffing levels and skill mix, proper facilities and appropriate resourcing, and good managerial support. Strict attention to detail