Central repository for HSC resources relating to hyponatraemia

NPSA Patient Safety Alert 22

National Patient Safety Agency (2007) Patient Safety Alert 22: Reducing the risk of hyponatraemia when administering intravenous infusions to children. Documents are available by clicking here

RQIA Documents 

In April 2008 and May 2010 the RQIA reported on the implementation of recommended actions outlined within NPSA Alert 22 throughout HSC Trusts and independent hospitals in Northern Ireland. 

DHSSPS Documents

The following resources were developed by DHSSPS to reduce risk of harm due to hyponatraemia. 

Daily Fluid Balance and Prescription Chart (Child aged over 4 weeks and under 16 years) and training package issued by DHSSPS September 2014 [HSS(MD) 31/2014]:

Competency Framework (updated February 2015)        

This framework was jointly developed by HSC Trusts and the PHA, in consultation with stakeholders, to support consistency of approach in the implementation of RQIA recommendations.

Training Resources to support competency framework

  • Case Studies

Four clinical management case studies (2 medical and 2 surgical) are provided which integrate the regional paediatric fluid balance chart:

  • Staff from the Belfast, South Eastern Trust and Western Trusts may access the case studies via the HSC e-Learning site at http://www.hsclearning.com
  • Northern and Southern Trust staff should access the case studies through their own Trust e-learning facility on the local Trust intranet.

GAIN Documents 

2014 Gain audit to accertain the safety of precription and administration, recording and maintaining of intravenous (iv) fluids to children over 4 weeks and under 16 years.