Scottish Patient Safety Programme and the Early Detection of the Deteriorating Patient

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Scottish Patient Safety Programme and the Early Detection of the Deteriorating Patient The aim of this reflection is to discuss patient safety in an acute setting according to the Scottish Patient Safety Programme. I will be using a model of reflection, Gibbs Reflective Cycle to structure my essay (Gibbs 1988 cited in Paterson and Chapman, 2013). In accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council identifiable information will not be written, maintaining confidentiality (NMC, 2010a). Description Health Improvement Scotland coordinated the Scottish Patient Safety Programme created to improve the safety of patients across Scotland (NHS Scotland, 2010a). Four groups were created to manage patient safety, one of which was established…show more content…
Staff reacted quickly and appropriately and when safe transferred the patient into the resuscitation area. I witnessed good communication between staff with the use of SBAR, giving structure to the information being provided by ambulance staff and by nurses to medical staff. Communication between staff and the patient promoted a good therapeutic relationship. Communication is vital in the nurse patient relationship to build trust and gain information (Webb, 2011). Vital observations were carried out efficiently, they were recorded every 15 minutes and a cardiac monitor was attached to continuously monitor for any deterioration. As a student nurse I assisted by recording vital observations using NEWS and assessing consciousness by using the Glasgow coma scale to ensure there were no signs of brain trauma (Le Roux, Levine and Kofke, 2013). In line with the NMC, my mentor supervised and countersigned my observations (NMC, 2011b). I promoted good patient safety as deterioration would be recognised early and appropriate care provided. Throughout the treatment process I witnessed and provided person centred care. Nursing and medical staff continuously checked patient comfort and obtained consent for treatment being provided. Analysis The Scottish Patient Safety Programme was implemented in 2008 and by 2012, 8500 patient’s lives were saved (Nursing Management, 2013). In 2012 the programme was extended to 2015 with the aim of further reducing the risk of

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