Source: The Nursing Standard 2011, 25(31) p.9
Date of publication: April 2011
Publication type: News item
In a nutshell: A Falls Prevention Nurse at Colchester Hospital in Essex has managed to save her hospital over £200,000 in eight months by offering elderly patients glasses of water at cafe-style tables and chairs. Patients, many of whom have dementia, were more willing to take drinks and medication, so they were better hydrated and more cogent. An internal audit found the scheme reduced falls and almost halved the average length of stay in hospital, from 15.6 days to eight, saving the hospital £207,000.
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