Safety

An Insight Into Wound Care In Care Homes

An Insight Into Wound Care In Care Homes

Regardless of how much you attempt to protect care home residents from accidents, sometimes injuries do occur, which is why it is crucial that you and your team are always prepared for the unexpected, as you never know what could happen.

 

As well as ensuring that you are well stocked up with bandages and dressings - something we will discuss further below - it is also crucial that you ensure the entirety of your care home team are trained when it comes to caring for wounds. This should include implementing good hygiene practices to minimise infection risk, as well as understanding a range of methods for dressing wounds properly.

 

Visitors to experience hypos at diabetes healthcare event

Hypos (hypoglycaemic events) are one of the most common complications of diabetes. They happen when blood sugar levels fall too low, and symptoms include blurred vision, disorientation, dizziness and difficulty focusing.

But how many healthcare professionals have experienced what it really feels like to have a hypo?

Now, for the first time, HCPs involved in diabetes care will get the chance to put themselves in their patients’ shoes at Diabetes Professional Care 2017 (DPC2017). A new Hypo Hub* feature includes a Simulation Station where, with the aid of a virtual reality headset, visitors can experience the effects of having a hypoglycaemic event first hand.

 

Biometric Access Contol Offers Real Benefits To Care Homes

Biometric Access Contol Offers Real Benefits To Care Homes

Modern biometric scanners from ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, are giving care homes both enhanced security and reliable data.

 

Swipe cards, numeric key pads and other traditional methods of access security are rapidly being replaced by more convenient biometric technology within the Care Home sector, providing enhanced security for residents and vital time and cost saving benefits to allow staff more time to provide the personal care their residents deserve.

 

The Key Safe Company To Return To The Care Show

The Key Safe Company To Return To The Care Show

Market leaders in key safes, The Key Safe Company will be returning to the 2017 Care Show held at the NEC in Birmingham for the second year running.

During the two day event, which starts on Tuesday the 10th of October, visitors to the show will be able to witness first hand and discuss with a team of experts the industry-leading One Touch Personal Alarm and the Supra C500 KeySafe™.

The One Touch Personal Alarm is a personal monitoring system, which, unlike many traditional services, allows the wearer to travel outside their home. It operates using a roaming SIM and allows the end user to alert up to three contacts in the event of an emergency and activates a two-way conversation with the responder, who can alert relevant family members or care professionals.

Managing falls: how can they be avoided?

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Dr James Frith (pictured), NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellow, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, and Lead Educator on 'Ageing Well: Falls’ on the FutureLearn platform, discusses why it’s important to recognise the risks associated with falls and gives his top tips on how to reduce the risk of falling.

Why are falls important and why should we do our best to avoid them?

What to consider when buying fire equipment for your care home

Fire

From April to September 2016, UK fire and rescue services attended around 87,000 fires, which resulted in 88 fatalities and 1,570 casualties, according to recent government figures. With many vulnerable people living under one roof, fire safety should be an absolute priority for your care home to reduce the risk of your residents and staff adding to these unfortunate numbers.

Drinking Water Systems In Care Homes – Removing Human Error

Drinking Water Systems

The task of hydrating residents in a care home has its own unique challenges. When it comes to the drinking water system, the emphasis has to be on hygiene – the consequences of ignoring this can be dire for vulnerable residents.

World Health Organization, Water, Sanitation and Health Guidance states: "Water is a basic nutrient for the human body and is critical to human life. It supports the digestion of food, absorption, transportation and use of nutrients and the elimination of toxins and wastes from the body."

Thomas’s dream bathroom becomes reality

Thomas’s dream bathroom becomes reality

A teenager with quadriplegic cerebral palsy has had his dream bathroom fitted out with adjustable products from Pressalit Care.
 
Thomas Dixon, who lives with his mum and dad in Darlington, is delighted with the new bathroom – especially the lime green colour he selected for the shower chair and arm supports.
To allow Thomas the freedom to move around the house with the space and ease of access he requires, his parents bought a new bungalow, and for the last 18 months have been adapting it with three extensions to suit their needs.

Top tips to avoid falls and boost confidence

Norman Niven, chief executive of telmenow.com

As many as three adults over the age of 65 have a serious fall every year, and around 70% of those fear falling again, according to health and care technology experts telmenow.com.

When someone takes a nasty fall it can have a huge psychological impact, as well as a physical one, but there are steps you can take to restore the confidence of your residents and reduce the risk of them falling again. 

Chief executive of telmenow.com Norman Niven has a wealth of advice for people looking at ways to help make a difference. Norman Niven, chief executive of telmenow.com

Medication Mistakes Put Patients' Lives At Risk: Carers' Drug Blunders A Serious Safety Issue

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Life-threatening errors are unwittingly being made by carers and relatives looking after elderly and ill patients. Patients who live at home are often given the wrong drugs or no drugs at all. A recent study reported that more than 90% of carers looking after people at home make potentially deadly errors with their medicines. Experts fear that thousands are being put in danger because drug administration at home is rarely monitored, potentially becoming a serious patient safety issue and another demand on the NHS.

Bennett Security Movement Sensor

Bennett Security Movement Sensor

The movement sensor came about when a handyman at a care home complained about pressure mats short life span and how easily damaged they are, also more worrying was that some residents know that if they stand on them a nurse arrives so try to step over them sometimes falling in the process.

My background is not only in nurse call but intruder alarms as well so I decided to build a small discrete sensor that covered both sides of the bed. 

The first ones were wired to a nurse call point and worked well but one of the drawbacks of the pressure mat also applied to the sensor, it could be unplugged!