COVID-19 patient safety work
Identifying deteriorating patients
Our planned patient safety programmes have been suspended and all AHSN patient safety teams are working with NHS England / NHS Improvement on COVID-19 related support.
We are focussed on providing training and toolkits for different care settings to support appropriate decision-making over emergency admission, ventilation and inotropic support.
This includes implementation of early warning score systems NEWS2 and RESTORE2, in general practice, care homes and other non-acute settings as well as in all acute hospitals.
Training films on deterioration
AHSN Network colleagues have been working with Health Education England on a series of short training films on deterioration, mainly targeted at staff who work in care homes but which will also be helpful for staff in many other roles, including families and carers. As they may be helpful in the management of COVID-19, HEE has also made them freely available on YouTube, here.
We are offering support in dealing with the expected rise in numbers of tracheostomies and the discharge of patients from ICUs to wards with a tracheostomy. The focus will be on ward level care and transitions into community settings and includes bedhead signage; a tracheostomy daily care bundle; and emergency equipment.
For more information about our patient safety programmes email Andrew.Cooper@innovationagencynwc.nhs.uk