It is surprising how contributing to the hospice ‘clinical blog’ each week helps to focus my mind on the sort of information to share, in particular, the things you wouldn’t necessarily know about.
Today has brought a number of new documents that need to be read and assessed in terms of the impact on our work. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have released a new clinical guideline regarding the assessment and prevention of falls in older people.
This is a topic very relevant to both our nursing and our rehabilitation teams at Nightingale House, as we constantly strive to support patients who wish to maintain their independence in mobility and also to maintain their safety — this can be difficult to achieve.
Our physiotherapy team have embraced modern technology in terms of promoting balance exercises to prevent falls and have previously used a balance board and games console to encourage patients awareness of posture and movement alongside their usual interventions.
Our nursing team have developed a new falls protocol to ensure a consistent approach to assessment and treatment following any fall at the hospice, this will be used alongside our Risk Assessment and Falls Prevention Care Plans already established.
Hopefully, during the course of this new ‘blog’ you will be able to see how external influences and agencies impact on our service as well as the more regular work of our team members.
Next update on Wednesday when we’ll be seriously counting down to the Ladies’ Midnight Walk on the 22nd June.
Director of Nursing