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News and updates from
  1. Andrew Wilcock1 and
  2. Sarah Charlesworth2
  1. 1Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  2., Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew Wilcock, Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Nottingham, Hayward House, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK; andrew.wilcock{at}

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Latest from the UK National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)

NPSA rapid response report on syringe drivers

In response to over 160 error reports and 8 deaths in the past 5 years, the NPSA has issued a rapid response report on the safer use of ambulatory syringe drivers. Errors were more likely in older drivers with rate settings measured in terms of the length of syringe plunger travel. All organisations in the NHS and independent sector must develop an action plan to ensure that all ambulatory syringe drivers comply with …

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