Improving patient safety in the complex care of older people
Date(s) - 02/06/2017
Royal Society of Medicine
In 2014-15 almost two thirds of hospital bed days were taken up by people aged over 65. Many older people have complex care needs, including complex medication regimes, which increases the challenge for patient safety both in hospital and in the community. A recent report for NHS England indicated that adverse events can add 5 to10 days to a patients stay, and that between 5 and 8% of emergency admissions are related to medication issues. With the pressure that the NHS is currently under, improving patient safety for older people is clearly a winner for patients, clinicians, bed managers, and NHS accountants.
The aim of the conference is to: Understand the different issues for patient safety in the complex care of older people; learn from exemplar sites about how patient safety can be improved for older people; understand the roles of the different players involved in keeping older people’s care safe, from the CQC to the newly appointed geriatrician.
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