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Sister’s falls work gains a place on national shortlist

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 02, 2014

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AN initiative launched to reduce the number of falls at Queen’s Hospital has been shortlisted for a national award.

Work pioneered within the Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become one of 10 projects to be shortlisted for patient safety in the care of older people in the 2014 Patient Safety and Care Awards.

The project, by ward sister Amanda Rowley, was selected from more than 600 entries.

Ms Rowley set up the scheme when she was working in the emergency assessment unit, and decided to investigate links between medication prescribed to those over the age of 65, and the likelihood of suffering a fall in hospital.

Through her research, she compiled a chart to trigger warnings to nurses around the issue. It has been placed on the lids of drugs trollies.

She said: “My research confirmed that many falls happen to people with low blood pressure. As people age, there are changes to their metabolism which mean that their bodies handle medication less effectively. A natural decline in renal function can lead to a build-up of drugs in the system. This project helps nurses, especially newly-qualified nurses, to be aware of side effects before administering medication.”

The awards ceremony will take place at an hotel in London in July.

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