Spotting signs and managing deteriorating patients presents a challenge in care homes, particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak. A series of free videos and e-learning materials have been released to support staff to care for residents who are at risk of deterioration.
As recognised in
paper supported by North East and North Cumbria AHSN, identifying acute
illness including sepsis amongst older adults in care homes can be difficult
and opportunities to initiate appropriate care may be missed, if illness is not
The short videos
describe how to take measurements from residents correctly (such as blood
pressure and oxygen saturation), spots the signs of deterioration, and prevent
the spread of infection.
You can also access
the films as part of the full training on Health Education England’s e-Learning
for Healthcare (e-LfH) Hub (www.e-lfh.org.uk), an
educational web-based platform that provides quality assured online training
content for the UK’s health and care workforce, from this
Natasha Swinscoe, national lead for patient safety for the AHSN Network says:
“Patient safety is a guiding principle for all AHSNs. Our care homes report highlighted numerous successes that AHSNs have had working with care homes across the country. Collectively, these have the potential to save many lives and tens of millions of pounds. I am excited to see the launch of these videos, which will support care home staff to be trained in a consistent way to recognise and respond to the soft signs of deterioration.”
for care home staff to register for an account
‘Register’ button. Select the option ‘I
am a care home or hospice worker’ then enter your care home / hospice name or
postcode and select it from the options available in the drop-down list.
Finally enter your care home / hospice registration code and select ‘Register’.
You may need to see your employer to get this code.
employer does not have a code, then they need to contact the e-LfH Support
Team. The Support Team can either give the employer the registration code or
arrange a bulk upload of all staff: http://millennium.kayako.com/ES/Tickets/Submit/.