Hospital video focuses on patient safety

Eastbourne DGH District General Hospital. January 3rd 2013 E01015Q ENGSUS00120140201135045

Eastbourne DGH District General Hospital. January 3rd 2013 E01015Q ENGSUS00120140201135045

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Eastbourne hospital bosses are rolling out a two-and-a-half minute patient safety video at the DGH as part of a commitment to patient safety improvement plans.

The film will be available for patients to watch on their Hospedia bedside TVs.

The film has been developed by Haelo, an innovation and improvement centre in Salford, in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

The film, which started life as an Airline Style Patient Safety Card developed by deputy chief nurse Eamonn Sullivan in his previous role with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, gives patients clear information about their stay in hospital in an effort to reduce avoidable complications such as blood clots, pressure ulcers, or falls.

Based on the concept of airline safety advice given before aircraft take off, patients will be shown a film to inform them of potential risks in a hospital, which for many, can be a new and unfamiliar environment.

The safety advice looks at simple things patients can do while in hospital to make their stay safer.

The advice focuses on eight areas: falls prevention, blood clots, infection prevention, speaking to staff if patients have any problems or questions, medicine safety, pressure ulcer avoidance, correct personal information and discharge from hospital.

The safety advice is being supported by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and the national Sign up to Safety campaign.