Mortality meetings in geriatric medicine: strategies for improvement

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A large proportion of patients who die in hospital will be under the care of geriatric medicine. Mortality reviews have traditionally used trigger tools to try and identify preventable deaths, but the majority of hospital deaths are not preventable and lapses in care are often very complex.


Over a period of 14 months Cumberland Infirmary performed four PDSA cycles to change the focus of mortality meetings within care of the elderly and stroke medicine to look beyond preventable deaths. The aim was to maximise learning from mortality meetings to improve patient care.

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