STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Shortage of nurses ‘kills hundreds of patients after emergency surgery’: Investigation finds hospital with highest staffing levels have lowest death rates

  • Experts analysed the chance of dying within 30 days of being admitted for an emergency operation
  • Discovered five-fold variation in death rates across 156 NHS hospital trusts
  • Crucially, the hospitals with the worst survival records had far fewer nurses, doctors and surgeons 
  • Researchers linked a 7 per cent difference in death rates to staffing alone

Hundreds of patients die every year after emergency surgery because there are not enough nurses to care for them, research suggests. A five-year investigation into death rates in English NHS hospitals found those with the highest staffing levels had the lowest death rates.

Experts who analysed the chance of dying within 30 days of being admitted for an emergency operation discovered a five-fold variation in death rates across 156 NHS hospital trusts – from 1.6 per cent at the best trust to 8 per cent at the worst.  Crucially, the hospitals with the worst survival records had far fewer nurses, doctors and surgeons.

When the hospital trusts were divided into the best, middle and worst groups in terms of the number of nurses and doctors per patient – researchers linked a 7 per cent difference in death rates to staffing alone. This was despite the fact that patients at the best hospitals – many of which have specialist or trauma units – were often more seriously ill before surgery and more likely to suffer complications following operations.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3363527/Shortage-nurses-kills-hundreds-patients-emergency-surgery-Investigation-finds-hospital-highest-staffing-levels-lowest-death-rates.html

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British hospitals near bottom of league tables for botched ops

Research shows that hospitals in the UK have one of the worst records in the industrialised world for leaving surgical instruments in patients after surgery

British hospitals are among the worst in the Western world for leaving surgical instruments in the body after surgery, international research has found. A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development shows that the UK has the sixth worst record for foreign bodies after surgery, with 5.5 cases per 100,000 people discharged from hospital. The rate is three times that of Poland, with 1.9 cases per 100,000 patients, and twice that of Slovenia, at 2.9 cases per 100,000. Such incidents are classed by the NHS as “never events”  because they are should be avoided by systems of checks.

Leaving foreign bodies in patients increases the risk of deadly infections and other complications, and can result in fatal blood poisoning and organ failure. In the year 2014/15, there were 102 such cases in England, latest data shows

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11769158/British-hospitals-near-bottom-of-league-tables-for-botched-ops.html

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750 avoidable deaths a month in NHS hospitals, study finds

“THIS IS WHY YOU NEED MYNOTES MEDICAL”

One in 28 deaths can be attributed to poor care and study says standard death rates should not be used to rank quality of care

About 750 patients a month in NHS hospitals are dying unnecessarily, the largest review of “avoidable deaths” has found. Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said “One in 28 deaths could be attributed to poor care such as inattentive monitoring of the patient’s condition, doctors making the wrong diagnosis or patients being prescribed the wrong medicine”.

In February, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced that hospitals in England would be required to monitor the rate of avoidable deaths and that officials would rank trusts on this measure. Hunt said the rate of avoidable deaths in hospitals was the “biggest scandal in global healthcare” and estimated that 1,000 patients died needlessly each month. He said healthcare should learn lessons from the airline industry, where annual deaths worldwide had fallen from 2,000 in the 1970s to 500 now.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/14/avoidable-deaths-nhs-hospitals-study

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Why are some doctors STILL so rude to patients’ loved ones? After two very different encounters at the same hospital, this lament that’ll strike a chord with many

  • Sarah Foot says a consultant talked down at her and her sick husband
  • Her ‘hostile body language’ was ‘telling me to shut up and know my place’
  • Says that like all relatives, what she needed was kindness and support

Here’s the scene: My husband Tony is desperately ill and I’m sitting by his hospital bed. He’s been sick for weeks and at one stage I was told he was expected to die. He’s now out of a coma and no longer, thank God, one of the ten sickest people in the vast teaching hospital. But still no one knows what’s wrong with him. He’s been moved from the intensive care unit into a small room when suddenly a consultant descends.

She crashes through the door, followed by half a dozen of her juniors, who crowd round the bed and wait for her to speak. No one’s in any doubt who’s in charge. She talks not at us, but down to us, like some reincarnation of the monstrous Sir Lancelot Spratt (played by James Robertson Justice) from the Doctor In The House films. Except this isn’t funny. Tony has been in hospital for more than a month, but how or why he got ill so suddenly no one really knows.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3018726/Why-doctors-rude-patients-loved-ones-two-different-encounters-hospital-lament-ll-strike-chord-many.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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NHS hospitals ‘sending patients home too early and missing cancer diagnoses’

Patients are being sent home from hospital too early – often before it is safe for them to leave – the parliamentary and health service ombudsman has said. Dame Julie Mellor said that the failures were putting patients at serious risk and placing a “massive cost” on the NHS for emergency readmissions. Publishing summaries of 161 investigations carried out between April and June this year, Dame Julie added that early discharges and other major failings such as missed cancer diagnoses, were having a “devastating impact” on patients and their families.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/ombudsman-report-nhs-sending-patients-home-too-early-9824276.html

 

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