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Green Light for National Patient Safety Initiative

Released on - 10/11/2017

Green Light for National Patient Safety Initiative

The Safety Initiative Group for National Signage (SIGNS), in partnership with AfPP, has this month launched the first part of its national study into emergency response in the perioperative environment. The project aims to introduce a universally standardised and agreed signage system for emergency clinical drugs and equipment, or “perioperative highway code”, to be used in all operating theatres within the NHS.

The SIGNS project, inspired by the success of the nationally implemented Difficult Airway Trolley System, was initiated in 2013 by a group of anaesthetic consultants and trainees from different hospitals and perioperative settings. Since their initial modified Delphi studies, the team has developed 17 emergency signs, all in compliance with British International Regulations and is now looking for perioperative practitioners to participate in a national online Delphi study to further the project.

The team has secured sponsorship from Pentland Medical and their work has been shared with both the Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (SALG) and the European Operating Room Nurses Association (EORNA), with overwhelming interest and support.

AfPP CEO Dawn Stott said: “Consultant Anaesthetists Queenie Lo and Trudie Phillips presented their plans to the Board in 2015 and it was immediately apparent to us that the project could have a significant positive impact on patient safety. We are delighted to be able to support them as their online study launches and would encourage our members to take part and have their say in how the final signs are configured.”

The online Delphi study is aimed at anaesthetists (consultants and trainees) as well as multidisciplinary team members in the perioperative environment, including doctors in training, consultants, theatre nurses, scrub nurses, operating department practitioners and healthcare assistants. Interested individuals can sign up to the study at


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