New tool to ensure patient safety

​​​Pictured: Staff on the haemodialysis unit receive their Team of the Month award

An innovative new tool is helping to ensure patient safety at UHNM. PACE (Prevent, Assess, Call-bell, Environment) is a new risk assessment system designed to reduce the likelihood of falls amongst haemodialysis patients. It was developed by Quality Nurse Lisa Ellis and Link Nurse Jo Verdin, who met with staff to talk about why issues may arise and how patient safety can be enhanced.

Helen Barlow, Sister, said: "Lisa and Jo held engagement sessions with staff and really got to know about their questions and concerns. They looked at inpatient guidelines, assessments and the NICE guidelines, and from these designed an achievable and appropriate daily assessment tool for falls. Patient safety and comfort is obviously of the highest importance to us and we're really pleased that we now have a bespoke system for ensuring this is always delivered."

Staff on the haemodialysis unit have been given the Team of the Month award in recognition of their work.