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Stepping up personal care

A RENEWED focus on personalised care for older people is under way to ensure a standard and consistent approach to assessing all patients at risk of delirium on arrival in hospital.

Delirium is a severe state of confusion and early diagnosis is important to allow treatment to begin as soon as possible to prevent further complications, which can often lead to a longer hospital stay.

You will start to notice the arrival of Health Improvement Scotland leaflets and posters in clinical areas promoting the message “Think Delirium”.

Assistant chief nurse Fiona McCluskey, said: “All patients at risk of delirium are now being screened by nursing staff and at each transition of care.

“Patients with a positive score will be referred to medical staff, who will complete a checklist to confirm the diagnosis of delirium and document the management plan in medical notes.”

The initiative also involves unannounced inspections to observe patient care and training records, talk to patients and visitors about care, and make sure that practice is up to date.

Staff training and education are also part of the programme, covering issues such as adults with incapacity and power of attorney.

Patients, relatives and carers will be encouraged to work with nurses on care plans to tailor them as much as possible to individual needs.

Fiona added: “The underlying theme is about personalising care, moving away from simply delivering clinical care to also focusing on the person. This makes a huge difference to patients during their stay in hospital.”

Pictured above: Fiona with one of the posters that have been designed for wards