Improving Patient Care by Reducing Length of Hospital Stay (NHS Improvement / NHS England)

Summary

The NHS, with the cooperation of local authorities, plans to reduce unnecessarily long stays in hospital for patients by a quarter. The aim is to free-up over 4,000 beds in readiness for anticipated Winter pressures on hospitals. Currently, around 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in a hospital per year, largely due to delayed discharges; accounting for one fifth of beds (equivalent to 36 hospitals).

“Many older people, particularly those who are frail and may have dementia, actually deteriorate while in hospital – a stay of more than 10 days leads to 10 years’ muscle ageing for people most at risk”.

Section headings in the main report comprise:

  • How to approach improvement: a primer.
  • 6As for managing emergency admissions.
  • Ambulatory emergency care.
  • Therapy at the front door.
  • SAFER patient flow bundle.
  • Expected date of discharge and clinical criteria for discharge.
  • Red2Green days.
  • Long-stay patient reviews.
  • Multiagency discharge event (MADE).
  • Health and social care multiagency peer review.
  • Supplementary advice, links and resources.

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Reference

Guide to reducing long hospital stays. London: NHS Improvement, June 2018.

See also, on the rationale:

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Reference

NHS launches plan to improve patient care by cutting long hospital stays. [Online]: NHS England, June 13th 2018.

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About Dementia and Elderly Care News

Dementia and Elderly Care News. Wolverhampton Medical Institute: WMI. (jh)
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