This printable poster developed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland displays a safety cross to be placed in a public area (e.g. ward measures board). The aim is to provide an ‘at a glance’ view of the number of patients/clients who are developing a pressure ulcer in that ward/care home. Having this highly visible marker helps teams think about the changes needed to result in an improvement.
The On-Time Quality Improvement for Long-Term Care Program was funded by AHRQ to improve nursing home care. The focus is on prevention and timely treatment during routine care. It provides access to tools which help document pressure ulcer healing and treatments. Reports to help monitor the healing process have been developed as part of the expansion of the On-Time Quality Improvement Program.
This patient leaflet from Trend UK is a useful introduction for patients about hypoglycaemia. It covers the background to the clinical condition as well as advice on treatment and how to avoid future episodes.
Improving Patient Safety in Nursing Homes: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the US has put together a compilation of a wide variety of resources for use in improving patient safety in nursing homes. This document would be a useful starting point for individuals or teams researching in this area.
Improving healthcare support in care homes - South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
This good practice case study describes the development and commissioning of an innovative healthcare model in nursing homes in South Manchester. The initiative has shown improved outcomes and could be a useful example for those considering a similar approach.
The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) has launched the first of a two-part guidance on the recognition and management of older patients with frailty in community and outpatient settings. Called Fit for Frailty, it has been produced in association with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Age UK.