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  1. Content Article
    This article outlines a recent improvement put in place by a ward at Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital, part of University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. The team won an award for implementing learning following a patient fall to help drastically reduce the frequency of incidents and improving patient safety.
  2. Content Article
    In 2021 in New South Wales (NSW) there were 41,619 people over 65 who were hospitalised due to a fall at home or in the community. This number increased by 60% in a decade from 25,982 in 2010 and the incidence of falls is set to increase further as the population ages. In 2021 the cost to the NSW health system from falls by older people in the community was around $752 million. These costs are projected to grow to $1.09 billion by 2041 – the result of around 60,300 hospitalised falls projected for that year. There is robust evidence that falls can be prevented. Fall prevention is a complex area as there are multiple risk factors that may contribute as to why a person may fall. A systems thinking approach acknowledges the complexity of fall prevention, seeks to understand the interactions between components, and identifies what interventions work best.
  3. Event
    This conference focuses on improving safety for hospice patients. The day will highlight best practice in improving safety in hospices, highlight new developments such as the implications of the new Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF), and the new CQC Inspection Framework, and will focus on key clinical safety areas such as falls prevention, medication safety, reduction and management of pressure ulcers, nutrition and hydration, improving the response and investigation of incidents, preparing for onsite inspections and developing a compassionate culture in hospices. Register at https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/virtual-online-courses/patient-safety-hospices or email aman@hc-uk.org.uk hub members receive a 20% discount. Email info@pslhub.org for discount code. Follow the conference on Twitter @HCUK_Clare #PSHospices
  4. Content Article
    This report published by the National Audit of Inpatient Falls (NAIF) includes information on multi-factorial risk assessments and post fall management, and contains five recommendations as well as resources to support improvement.
  5. Content Article
    Throughout this series of Fundamental Care podcasts, a panel of key opinion leaders and passionate healthcare staff from the UK will discuss and debate evidence based best practices at the core of the day-to-day challenges faced in healthcare, not only for patients but also for healthcare workers themselves.
  6. News Article
    A rise in hip fractures last year could be a symptom of a wider increase in general physical deconditioning in older and vulnerable people following the pandemic, senior clinicians have warned. Around 72,000 hip fractures were recorded in 2022 compared to 66,000 in 2020 and 67,000 in 2021, according to the 2023 National Hip Fracture Database report, published this month. The report, published by the Royal College of Physicians, said: “These additional hip fractures happened despite a fall in the size of the ‘at risk’ older population over the preceding three years, as a result of Covid-19-related mortality among older people and those living in care homes.” “Our casemix run chart shows a slight increase in the proportion of hip fractures occurring in people aged under 80. “This is perhaps an early indication of Public Health England’s [now the UK Health Security Agency] predictions that physical deconditioning and increased risk of falling due to the pandemic may lead to an increase in the number of people who are at risk of fragility fracture.” Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ. 25 September 2023
  7. Content Article
    This infographic by artist Sonia Sparkles highlights ways to prevent patient falls in hospital. A wide range of graphics relating to patient safety, healthcare and quality improvement is available on the Sonia Sparkles website.
  8. Content Article
    Falls have a significant negative impact on the health and well-being of people with dementia and increase service costs related to staff time, paramedic visits, and accident and emergency (A&E) admissions. The author of this study, published in the Journal of Patient Safety, examined whether a remote digital vision-based monitoring and management system had an impact on the prevention of falls.
  9. Content Article
    This alert is for action by all those responsible for the use, purchase, prescription and maintenance of medical beds, trolleys, bed rails, bed grab handles and lateral turning devices including all Acute and Community healthcare organisations, care homes, equipment providers, Occupational Therapists and early intervention teams. From 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2022, the MHRA received 18 reports of deaths related to medical beds, bed rails, trolleys, bariatric beds, lateral turning devices and bed grab handles, and 54 reports of serious injuries. The majority of these were due to entrapment or falls. Investigations into incidents involving falls often found the likely cause to be worn or broken parts, which should have been replaced during regular maintenance and servicing, but which were either not carried out or were carried out improperly.
  10. Content Article
    The aim of the NHS Safety Thermometer is to provide a local improvement tool for measuring, monitoring and analysing patient harms and ‘harm free care’. Data is collected by Trusts on pressure ulcers, falls, urinary tract infections (UTI), and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) assessments, prophylaxis and treatment. The North East Quality Observatory Service (NEQOS) Safety Thermometer Tool allows trusts to compare themselves against their peers (for improvement purposes) as well as to undertake internal comparisons across different service areas within the Trust. Produced quarterly, the tool uses National Safety Thermometer data published by NHS Digital and presents this by Trust across the North East & North Cumbria (NENC) area, providing comparisons between peers as well as with the national average, with breakdowns by service areas for detailed analysis.
  11. Community Post
    NHS hospital staff spend countless hours capturing data in electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems. Yet that data remains difficult to access and use to support patient care. This is a tremendous opportunity to improve patient safety, drive efficiencies and save time for frontline staff. I have just published a post about this challenge and Triscribe's solution. I would love to hear any comments or feedback on the topic... How could we use this information better? What are hospitals already doing? Where are the gaps? Thanks
  12. News Article
    A woman has described how she spent more than six hours of her 100th birthday waiting in agony for an ambulance after slipping and fracturing her pelvis while getting ready for a family lunch. Irene Silsby was due to be picked up by her niece, Lynne Taylor, for a celebration to mark her centenary on 9 April. But she fell in the windowless bathroom of her care home in Greetham, Rutland, and staff called an ambulance at 9am after she managed to summon help. “All I remember is I was in terrible pain,” said Silsby from her hospital bed on Saturday. When asked of the ambulance delay, she said: “It’s disgusting. I don’t know how I stood it so long, the pain was so severe.” Taylor expected to meet the ambulance as she arrived 45 minutes later. But when she reached the care home, the manager said it would be a 10-hour wait, she said. What was to be her aunt’s first trip outside the care home in more than five months turned into her lying on a cold floor surrounded by pillows and blankets to keep her warm and quell some of the discomfort. Taylor, 60, recalled her aunt saying: “They’re not coming to me because they know I’m 100 and I’m not really worth it any more.” Taylor said she had never felt so scared, frustrated and worried. After calling 999 and expressing her outrage, she was told that life-threatening conditions were being prioritised. “I thought she was going to die,” she said. “I didn’t think that any frail, tiny, 100-year-old body could put up with that level of pain on the floor.” Read full story Source: The Guardian, 20 April 2022
  13. News Article
    United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been ordered to pay a total of £111,204 in fines and legal costs after pleading guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment to an elderly patient, causing them avoidable harm, following a sentencing hearing on Friday, 25 March at Boston Magistrates’ Court. The case was taken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) under regulations 12 and 22 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. The case against United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust involved the care of an elderly patient, Iris Longmate, who was admitted to the Greetwell Ward at Lincoln County Hospital on 20 February 2019. On March 3, 2019 Iris fainted and fell unsupervised from a commode, and was found face down on the floor in her room. Iris sustained spinal injuries and a cut to the head as a result of the fall, but then also suffered significant burns to her thigh and left arm as a result of being pressed against a radiator whilst being assessed by staff following the fall. Iris was subsequently transferred to Queens Medical Centre for assessment and treatment. She sadly contracted pneumonia in hospital and died on March 14, 2019. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust pleaded guilty to a single offence of failure to provide safe care and treatment causing avoidable harm to Iris, for which the trust was fined £100,000. The court also ordered the trust to pay £170 victim surcharge and £11,034 costs to the CQC. The trust was found to not have taken all reasonable steps to ensure that safe care and treatment was provided, resulting in avoidable harm to Iris. In pleading guilty to the offence of causing avoidable harm to Iris, the trust also acknowledged that other patients on the Greetwell Ward had also been exposed to a significant risk of avoidable harm. Fiona Allinson, CQC’s deputy chief inspector of hospitals, said: "This death is a tragedy. My thoughts are with the family and others grieving for their loss." "People have the right to safe care and treatment, so it’s unacceptable that patient safety was not well managed by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust," she said. "Had the trust addressed the issues with the exposed heating pipes before Iris fell, she wouldn’t have suffered such awful burns injuries." Read full story Source: Medscape, 2 April 2022
  14. News Article
    The NHS needs to do more to support care homes and people who have fallen with alternatives to ambulance calls and hospital admissions, the NHS England chief executive has said. Speaking at the Ambulance Leadership Forum, Amanda Pritchard acknowledged this winter would be a difficult one for the health service, saying: “The scale of the current and potential challenge mean that we do need to continue to look further for what else we can do… We need to pull out all the stops to make sure that they [patients] get that treatment as safely as possible and as quickly as possible.” She added one area of focus should be making sure certain patient groups can access other – more appropriate – forms of care, rather than calling an ambulance by default and often resulting in hospital admission. On care homes, she said: “Can we wrap around even more care for these care homes so they get to the point where they don’t need to call for help at all or, if they do, there are alternatives pathways [to the emergency department]?” She suggested another area where responses could be made more consistent was for patients who had fallen but without serious injuries, which she said made up a “really significant part of activity”. These patients took a long time to reach and, if admitted to hospital, risked long admissions, she said. Some areas were working to find other ways of responding to non-injury falls patients and trying to keep them away from hospital, she said. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 6 September 2022
  15. News Article
    A new scheme in Wales to help people who have suffered falls has prevented 50 ambulances being unnecessarily sent this year. St John Ambulance works with Hywel Dda health board in Pembrokeshire to send its people when someone calls 999. The pilot has been used 96 times since January but it needs more health board funding to continue after March. Ageing Well in Wales estimates that between 230,000 and 460,000 over 60s fall each year. When people dial 999, it can be directed to the St John Ambulance falls response team, who are sent to perform an assessment and identify whether the person can stay home or needs an ambulance to take them to hospital. St John Ambulance operational team leader Robert James said in 60% of cases, the person was well enough to stay at home. "You can imagine if you were sending an ambulance crew out and it has wasted 60% of the crew's time, well it's a big saving towards the NHS and the ambulance service in itself," he added. "Provided there are no injuries, or reason for them to go to hospital, they can be discharged on the scene." Read full story Source: BBC News, 10 March 2023
  16. News Article
    A health board has been fined £180,000 for failing to protect a vulnerable pensioner who died after repeatedly falling in hospital. Colin Lloyd, 78, was assessed as posing a high risk of falling and required one-to-one care after being admitted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. Despite repeated requests for more nursing staff none were made available and the pensioner suffered falls on the ward, which caused fatal injuries. Fiona Hogg, NHS Highland’s director of people and culture, said: “We are deeply sorry for the failures identified in our care. Our internal review following the incident identified several areas of improvement and we have made a number of changes to our practice.” Read full story (paywalled) Source: The Times, 15 February 2023
  17. News Article
    Two years ago, administrators and caregivers at St. Bernard Hospital in Chicago were stunned when they flunked a basic standard for patient safety. "It was a real jolt," said Charles Holland, the hospital's president and CEO. "We thought we were doing patient safety and we thought we were doing it well." But the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit health care watchdog organisation, found the hospital fell short on documenting and having comprehensive approaches to hand-washing, medication safety systems and fall and infection prevention. The wake-up call led Holland to hire a Patient Safety and Quality Officer and to use Leapfrog's criteria as a roadmap for improving patient safety. It worked. In its latest annual review of hospital safety, released Wednesday, Leapfrog awarded the century-old charity hospital an A. The fact that St. Bernard could turn around so quickly and so effectively without spending a fortune in the process shows that patient safety is an attainable goal, said Leah Binder, Leapfrog's president and CEO. Read full story Source: USA Today, 3 May 2023
  18. Content Article
    This study in JAMA Health Forum aimed to assess the costs of inpatient falls and cost benefits associated with the Fall TIPS (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety) Program. The authors carried out an economic evaluation across a large cohort of 900,635 patients. The average total cost of a fall was $62 521 ($35 365 direct costs), and injury was not significantly associated with increased costs. The Fall TIPS Program was associated with $22 million in savings at study sites across the five year study period. The findings of this study indicate that implementation of cost-effective, evidence-based safety programs was associated with lower cost and care burdens associated with inpatient falls and are a step toward safer, more affordable patient care.
  19. Content Article
    The Fracture Liaison Service Database (FLS-DB) collects, measures and reports on the care provided by Fracture Liaison Services (FLSs). This annual report presents the results of secondary fracture prevention care received by patients aged 50 and older following a fragility fracture between January and December 2021. Based on 70,384 patient records in 2021 (compared with 70,614 in 2019), it found that there has been a reduction in both case identification and assessment performance, but an improvement in treatment recommendation, monitoring and follow up, when comparing national data from 2021 with 2019.
  20. Content Article
    In the UK, the focus of osteoporosis care in the NHS has been on people who have sustained a fragility fracture as a result of their underlying condition. Not much has been done to try and prevent the first fracture by promoting good bone health and proactively identifying people at higher risk. This report by the APPG on Osteoporosis and Bone Health presents the results of its inquiry into primary care provision for people with osteoporosis and those at high risk of fracture, launched in March 2022. The inquiry aimed to establish the current quality of care being offered to patients.
  21. Content Article
    This video by the NHS England National Patient Safety Team provides tips for patients on keeping safe during a hospital stay. It highlights simple things you can do as a patient to help keep yourself safe during a hospital stay, such as asking for help when needed, protecting yourself from slips and falls and helping to prevent blood clots. A British Sign Language (BSL) version of the video is also available, as well as a leaflet translated into these languages: English Arabic Cantonese French Gujarati Mandarin Polish Portuguese Punjabi Romanian Spanish Urdu
  22. Content Article
    This Canadian study in the Journal of Patient Safety describes an initiative that introduced system-wide changes to practice and patient safety culture in a rapid time frame. it looks at the implementation of a 'zero harm' approach to eliminate preventable harm across a wide variety of clinical areas. In less than a year, the intervention increased patient safety incident reporting by 37% while decreasing falls with injury by 39%, pressure injury rates by 37% and central line–associated blood stream infections by 34%. 
  23. News Article
    Elderly people who call for help after a fall at home will no longer be left waiting for hours on the floor, the head of the NHS has said, as she bids to keep patients out of hospital and stop the service being overwhelmed this winter. Amanda Pritchard said she would start a new national service within weeks under which community teams would offer immediate help to people who had had an accident but had avoided serious injury. Pritchard, who took over as chief executive of NHS England last year, said a quarter of less severe 999 calls in January involved falls. The new teams could stop 55,000 elderly people a year being taken to hospital, she said. All NHS areas will be told this week to establish the service before a “very, very, very challenging winter” for the health service. Read full story (paywalled) Source: The Times, 16 October 2022
  24. Content Article
    This report is the Falls and Fragility Fractures Audit Programme's (FFFAP's) State of the Nation Report 2022 for Wales. It examines how the care of inpatient falls and fragility fractures has changed since 2020, highlighting what the audit reveals about the quality of patient care and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The report used three sources of data and concludes with a number of recommendations around the care of people with hip fracture, preventing inpatient falls, and preventing future fractures.
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