Ward rounds should be at the heart of dementia care, say Royal Colleges
Published 4 October 2012
Doctors and nurses should make ward rounds a top priority to improve patient care, according to a joint report by the Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of Physicians released.
The colleges report that ward rounds are often neglected in planning inpatient care and that pressures relating to staffing levels lead to wide variations in how and when ward rounds are conducted.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'People with dementia occupy a quarter of hospital beds, but too often they are being let down by disjointed patient care. This isn't just bad for the patient - poor quality dementia care costs the average hospital £6million per year. People are staying in hospital longer and their condition often deteriorates whilst they are there.
'Improving the process of ward could have a real impact on patient care. We don't need to reinvent the wheel. Tools such as Alzheimer's Society's leaflet 'This is Me' help clinicians on rounds remember the person behind the dementia and are already in use by many hospitals.'
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