Tag Archives: Reducing Waste in the NHS

Quality Improvement: Strategies Needed to Reduce Preventable Patient Harm (NIHR Signal / BMJ / Future Healthcare Journal / WHO)

Summary A recent review found that around 6% patients in healthcare settings (internationally) experience potentially preventable harm; with approximately 1 in 8 such cases resulting in severe harm, permanent disability or death​ “Six types of patient harm were identified: drug … Continue reading

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Potential Harms From Polypharmacy in the Elderly (BBC News / Age UK / EJCP / Bazian / Lancet Psychiatry)

Summary An Age UK report investigates the potential harms of over-prescribing medicines for older people. Older persons often remain on too many prescribed medicines, putting them at risk of side-effects, potentially resulting in falls and other forms of serious harm. … Continue reading

Posted in Age UK, Antipsychotics, BBC News, Charitable Bodies, Commissioning, Community Care, Depression, Falls, Falls Prevention, For Carers (mostly), For Doctors (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), For Social Workers (mostly), Hypertension, In the News, Integrated Care, Management of Condition, National, Personalisation, Pharmacological Treatments, Quick Insights, UK, Universal Interest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where Best Next Campaign: Reducing Length of Hospital Stay (NHS England)

Summary Approximately 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in a hospital each year, often with poor outcomes: “Many older people, particularly those who are frail and may have dementia, actually deteriorate while in hospital – a stay of more … Continue reading

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Statistical Process Control Applied to Delayed Transfers of Care (NHS Improvement)

Summary Delayed transfers of care (DToC) are widely recognised to be a significant cause of unnecessary harm to patients, and potentially avoidable financial costs to the taxpayer. NHS Improvement’s “Delayed transfer of care (DToC) improvement tool” incorporates the latest data from … Continue reading

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Unexpected Results From the Dementia and Physical Activity (DAPA) Trial? (Pharmacoeconomics Open / JAD)

Summary Previous research has suggested that physical exercise has the potential to slow the progression of dementia in people with pre-existing mild cognitive impairment through to moderate dementia. Evidence for the cost-effectiveness of structured physical activity programmes has been lacking, … Continue reading

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More on Organisational Approaches to Quality Improvement (Health Foundation / BMJ)

Summary The Health Foundation’s report investigates lessons derived from sponsoring and evaluating quality improvement, whether at team, organisation and / or system levels. Case studies covering three NHS trusts in England with a CQC rating of “Outstanding” and which implemented … Continue reading

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More on the NHS Long Term Plan (DHSC / NHS England / BBC News / NAO / King’s Fund)

Summary The NHS Long Term Plan was released earlier this week. The plan is backed by the commitment of an extra £20.5 billion funding for the NHS per year. “The 10-year plan includes measures to prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes … Continue reading

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