Airline style patient safety film set to land in hospitals 

23/10/2014 00:00 
Patients at NHS hospitals across the country will soon be benefitting from an ‘airline style’ safety advice video piloted by UCLH and two other leading hospitals

The film, which started life as an ‘Airline Style Patient Safety Card’ developed by UCLH deputy chief nurse Eamonn Sullivan in his previous role with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, gives patients clear information about their stay in hospital in an effort to reduce avoidable complications such as blood clots, pressure ulcers, or falls.

Based on this concept of airline safety advice given before aircraft take off, patients will be shown a film and provided with the information card to inform them of potential risks in a  hospital, which for many, can be a new and unfamiliar environment.

The safety advice looks at simple things patients can do while in hospital to make their stay safer. The advice focuses on eight areas:

• falls prevention
• blood clots
• infection prevention
• speaking to staff if patients have any problems or questions
• medicine safety
• pressure ulcer avoidance
• correct personal information
• discharge from hospital

The safety advice is being supported by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and the national Sign up to Safety campaign, which has a mission to improve patient safety in the NHS and make it the safest healthcare system in the world.

The film has been developed by Haelo, an innovation and improvement centre in Salford, in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. 
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and UCLH have piloted the film with their patients. Feedback from staff and patients has been incorporated into the final film.

Launching the film on Thursday, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "We want to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world. The airline industry leads the way on safety and this film echoes their simple method of ensuring people know how to stay safe. This film will give patients more confidence and let them know what to expect during their stay in hospital."

Eamonn Sullivan, UCLH deputy chief nurse, said: “UCLH was recently acknowledged as being the safest hospital in the NHS and our staff work hard each and every day to provide the highest level of safe care for our patients. It’s important that patients and carers know how they can play their part too. The safety briefings give patients important tips for keeping themselves safe while in hospital – simple steps such telling staff if their personal information is incorrect, communicating their worries and fears and  – working together and adhering to some simple steps can make a significant difference to our patients.

NHS Trusts can show the film to patients in a number of ways. It can be easily incorporated into Trust websites so patients can watch it before they come into hospital. Hospitals with the Hospedia patient media system will also be able to have the film uploaded free of charge to show patients once in hospital. 
You can view the patient safety briefing film below.

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