A year ago, you implemented a new approach to auditing at Barnsley. Can you tell us what prompted it?
In healthcare, we tend to measure safety by looking at negatives. The number of falls, the number of category 2 pressure ulcers, the number of adverse events etc. Our whole system is built on it, from local auditing and Datix reporting, to CQC inspections. But counting the number of pressure ulcers for example, doesn’t really tell you about the standards of pressure ulcer care.
I wanted to look at things differently; to focus more on the interventions and good practice that helps ke
These tips can be used by clinicians to trouble shoot with their patients if they see someone struggling with their mask. They can also be used by anyone looking for advice on how to avoid some of the pitfalls associated with wearing a mask.
Dentures in the healthcare setting
End of life care
Falls at home
Getting the right diagnosis
Influenza (the flu)
Medication safety at home
Medication safety: Hospital and doctor's office
Metric-based patient weights
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
Norovirus (stomach flu)
Obstructive sleep apneoa
Pressure injuries (bed sores)
Ah – a new year. A new decade. People around the world celebrate such affairs with fireworks, noisemakers, champagne and resolutions they’ll never keep. In America, we revel with all those things and ... the ’Granddaddy of them all‘... The Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl is an annual college football face-off between two champion teams held in Pasadena, California. The event is huge, complicated, prestigious and widely anticipated. This musing on Rose Bowl activities and how they might highlight safety concepts ‘kicks off’ my 2020 Letter from America series.
A renowned part of the franchise is t
What will I learn?
Basic personal alarms for the elderly.
Alarms that send a signal for assistance.
Personal alarms and telecare.
Fall detectors and alarms.
How much does a personal alarm cost?
Lifeline alarm services.
Choosing and buying a personal alarm.
The report shows that mortality at 30 days is twice as high in IHF compared to non-IHF. Analysis of the 2018 NHFD data indicates that there is a delay in time to surgery, as well as worse outcomes relating to post-operative mobility, delirium and length of stay.
The report also found high participation levels with full participation from Welsh health boards, very high participation from English acute trusts, and high engagement from English community trusts. An impressive proportion of English mental health trusts registered, despite no previous involvement with NAIF. The submission of ca
This guideline includes recommendations on:
multifactorial risk assessment of older people who present for medical attention because of a fall, or report recurrent falls in the past year
multifactorial interventions to prevent falls in older people who live in the community
multifactorial risk assessment of older peoples’ risk of falling during a hospital stay
multifactorial interventions to prevent falls in inpatients at risk of falling.