Tag Archives: Improving Care in General Hospital Settings

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Communication Failures in Hospital End-of-Life Care (BBC News / RCP)

Summary The latest Royal College of Physicians (RCP) audit has estimated that one in five families may not be consulted when hospital staff decide not to revive their relatives and issue “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) orders. “Guidelines issued by the … Continue reading

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RCP Audit of End-of-Life Care in Hospitals (BBC News / RCP)

Summary A joint Royal College of Physicians and Marie Curie review of end-of-life care in hospitals has discovered that only one fifth of hospitals provided specialist end-of-life care seven days a week. The same audit highlights deep concerns about the … Continue reading

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Successful Bids for £50m Dementia Friendly Environments Funding (Department of Health)

Summary The Department of Health has released a list of the successful bids for a share of the £50m funding of capital projects to improve care environments for people with dementia. This lists the 116 hospitals and care homes which have been awarded money, … Continue reading

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Potentially Preventable Complications in Hospitalised Dementia Patients: Urinary Tract Infections, Pressure Sores, Pneumonia and Delirium (BMJ Open)

Summary This article reports on work to identify the rates of potentially preventable complications for dementia patients, compared with non-dementia patients, using hospital discharge data from New South Wales (Australia) in 2006/2007. It was found that surgical dementia patients had higher … Continue reading

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Demand on Accident and Emergency Services Unsustainable? (BBC News)

Summary Levels of demand on NHS accident and emergency departments in England have been described as unsustainable by David Prior, the head of the Care Quality Commission. Mr Prior has suggested there is a need for a diversion of resources from hospital services towards greater investment … Continue reading

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Breaking the Cycle of Discontent: How Family Carers of People with Dementia Become Dissatisfied with General Hospital Care (BMC Geriatrics)

Summary Family carers deserve to be engaged by hospital staff, so that they are able to give and receive information about a relative with dementia. They should be offered suitable opportunities to participate and have their say in hospital care. … Continue reading

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Care of Older People with Cognitive Impairment in General Hospitals (NIHR SDO)

Summary Mental health problems amongst the elderly in acute hospitals include dementia (31% of all older people in hospitals) and delirium (estimated in this report as 20% of all older people in hospitals). Outcomes for patients in hospitals with these … Continue reading

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NHS Alliance: Changes to the NHS Should Keep Elderly Out of Hospitals (Daily Mail: Mail Online / BBC News)

Summary Dr Michael Dixon, president and chairman of the NHS Alliance, has adopted the now widespread view that hospitals can be dangerous places for frail elderly patients and people with long-term conditions. It is the NHS Alliance‘s policy that hospitals are better suited for only the … Continue reading

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Successful Applications for £50m Dementia Fund: First Round (Department of Health)

Summary The Department of Health has released a list of the successful applicants for Stage One of the £50m funding of capital projects to improve care environments for people with dementia. Read more: Successful applicants announced for stage 1 of … Continue reading

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