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Promoting Patient Hydration in Community Hospitals
Written by Sue Balcombe October 10, 2009 Hits: 1756
Community Care / Primary Care
Briefly describe what it is
The project aimed to increase awareness of the importance of water for optimal patient care and was focussed particularly on engaging housekeeping staff . A Hotel Services Induction Pack , display boards for patients and visitors, regular water jug replenishment and the use of fluid warning signs to help fluid chart calculations all helped to raise the profile of the project and enage staff , patients and visitors in the project. Ongoing work to reduce the size of the water jugs and implement coloured water glasses for the visually impaired will further enhance the outcomes for patients.
Were there any key things that you had to do to make it happen?
The project was led by The Hotel Services Manager who worked with hospital matrons to identify best practice and an audit tool. Key to the success of the project was the engagement with matrons and front line housekeeping staff together with the development of simple tools and resources.
Describe (and provide evidence) of the impact on quality of care
The project builds on promoting basic care needs and engaging the broader ward staff who now recognise the key value of hydration and feel that they can make a direct contribution to patient care. Hydration promotes wound healing , reduces the risk of urinary infections and opimises patient wellbeing.
Describe (and provide evidence) of the impact on patient (or staff) experience
The housekeeping staff feel directly engaged with patient care and have developed a sense of pride in this key area of care delivery . The project is visible and promotes confidence in the quality of care for patients and visitors to the hospital.
Describe (and provide evidence) of the impact on reducing cost
Optimal hydration is key to patient wellbeing and promotes wound healing and prevents infections such as urinary tract infections .Community hospital lenght of stay and occupance rates are directly affected as are pharmacy costs . There is an associated reduced risk of health acquired infections.
Keywords / Tags
Hydration , Community Hospitals ,