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:
- 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."