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Sowing the Seed for Harm Free Care


Today over a hundred nurses released balloons to show their commitment to providing for 'Harm Free care' for our patients.

As part of a national project, hospitals will be required to measure the level of harm free care being provided to their patients every month.  This will then be available to the public where they will be able to view how hospitals are performing.

This initiative focuses on four key areas to reduce/avoid the harm patients may face whilst in hospital.  These are:

  • Falls
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Catheter Acquired Urinary Tract Infection
  • VTE (Blood clots)

Staff attended a launch event at which they were briefed on how our organisation is going to imbed improved practice on the wards.  Following this they signed a bio-degradable label to commit their ward to 'Sowing the Seed for Harm Free Care'.  The labels were then attached to helium balloons which were released.  Each bio-degradable label contained wild flower seeds which scattered far and wide by the 200 balloons.

Gill Heaton, Director of Patient Services/Chief Nurse said: "Whilst each organisation is going to be measured monthly we believe we are the first Trust who will measure against these areas on a daily basis on each ward.  Any risks/issues will be picked up at the ward team handover meetings so that any remedial action can be taken quickly.

"As an organisation we are committed to ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care and treatment possible whilst on our wards."