For the public

The thought that medical professionals might make mistakes while caring for you or your friend or relative is not a comfortable one. Unfortunately, we all make mistakes. What we know is that the way that working environments are arranged, the training people get, the practices and policies that people follow, and the technology that people use can influence the types of error they make and the frequency with which they make different errors.

The aim of ECLIPSE is to better understand the factors that make errors more or less likely when drugs are being administered to a patient intravenously (into their veins). We want to work with people who are health service users to design the details of our research, and also to report it well: responsibly and engagingly.

ECLIPSE aims to involve patients and the public in a number of ways. We already have three patient and public representatives on our advisory and steering committees. We also have two workshops planned for patient and public involvement during the project, which we will need volunteers for:

  1. A workshop to review our research, patient consent procedures and the wording of patient information sheets to make sure we are able to engage with patients properly. This was held in Autumn 2014 to prepare for our research.
  2. A workshop to review our findings and to give advice about who, where and how we should deliver these findings to different patient and public groups. This will be held at the end of 2016.

As part of our research we will be interviewing patients by the bedside about their thoughts and experiences of intravenous medication. We will be interested to talk to people who have a story to share about their experience, or the experience of a friend or relative, who has had intravenous medication. Some of the questions we are interested in include: did you experience an error or a near miss, were you impressed with your treatment, were you disturbed by frequent alarms from infusion pumps, what was your experience of being connected to a pump, etc.

If you’d like to work with us on this, please do get in touch with Dominic Furniss (d.furniss@ucl.ac.uk).

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