12 March 2020
New digital tool helps spot signs of delirium and improves treatment times https://t.co/K2C4oTndaG
A new digital tool to further detect delirium and dementia in patients across Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has launched this week as part of our Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) Fast Follower programme.
The electronic nursing assessment now introduces a gold standard digital screening tool for all over- 65’s who are at risk of delirium and dementia, so they get access to the right treatment and support, more quickly.
Delirium is a common medical emergency, affecting around one in eight hospital inpatients. It is treatable and preventable, but is often poorly recognised and under-diagnosed.
There are around 835,000 people living with dementia in the UK which is expected to increase to over 2 million by 2051.
Dr Emma Pickavance, said: “We’re really pleased to introduce this new assessment. It’s vital that we identify people at risk of delirium and those with undiagnosed dementia, so that they can get the care they need as quickly as possible. Identifying these patients more quickly, using technology, will mean they will get better care with better outcomes. We will also be able to measure more accurately our outcomes for patients with delirium or dementia to help us improve our future care and treatment.”
The GDE Fast Follower Programme is adapting best practice used at neighbouring Salford Royal Foundation NHS Trust to embed the electronic screening into patient care.
The delirium and dementia assessment, blueprinted by Salford Royal, will also signpost nursing staff to advice and support, as well as indicating whether to escalate patients for further assessment by specialist dementia nurses or doctors.
The project improves recording of vital information about patients with dementia or delirium so that specialist staff can monitor patients and the Trust adheres to national guidance.
Dr Georges Ng Man Kwong, Chief Clinical Information Officer, said: “Digitising our clinical pathways will streamline patient care in a number of specialties and really make a difference to both staff and patients. This is one of a number of projects within the GDE Fast Follower programme, which will support the transformation of our clinical services across the Northern Care Alliance.”
“Improving our digital systems is one of the six key priorities of the Northern Care Alliance. We are investing in improvements to support the delivery of patient care and we are on a seven-stage change journey to improve our digital maturity
As part of this journey we have partnered with Global Digital Exemplar Salford Royal to become a GDE Fast Follower organisation.”