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Specialist low level beds for dementia patients

There is a great risk of falling from bed in hospital for our dementia and vulnerable patients. Through the provision of specialised low level beds we will allow patients to sleep at a very low height without the need for restricting bed rails reducing the incidence and severity of falls.

Once funding is secured we will be able to purchase the beds

Charity information: Bournemouth Hospital Charity

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  • Need

    Need

    Demographics of the hospital’s catchment area means 65% of inpatients are over the age of 55. Last year over 2,000 of those had Dementia. As a progressive condition, Dementia means the ability to remember, understand, communicate and reason gradually declines. Dementia patients can often find hospitals a confusing and upsetting place which causes agitation and distress. This is especially problematic when in bed as they can roll or climb out causing severe injury through falls.

    Solution

    The hospital team would like to provide vulnerable patients with specialised low level beds as part of a multi-faceted approach to reduce the risk of injuries from falls from bed. These height adjustable beds allow patients to be raised for transfer and medical care then lowered for sleeping, significantly reducing the impact of a fall. They reduce the need for bed rails and the associated risks, whilst providing increased patient independence and improved overall patient experience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide low beds to reduce the number and severity of falls of dementia and vulnerable patients.

    Activities

    » Purchase specialised height adjustable beds allowing patients to sleep at very low levels.

    Measuring the number and extent of severity from falls from current hospital beds against those from the specialised beds.


    Aim 2

    Avoid patient confusion, agitation and stress from the use of bed rails

    Activities

    » Specialised height adjustable beds allow patients to sleep at very low levels removing the need for rails.

    Anecdotal evidence from staff and feedback from patients, carers and family.


    Aim 3

    Reduce level of manual handling risk to staff and frequency of exposure to those risks.

    Activities

    » Provide specialised bed with attendant control unit allowing carer to control positioning and operations.

    Decrease in the number of recorded staff injury.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Better and safer care of dementia and vulnerable patients and increased provision of dementia friendly approaches throughout the hospital. Increased patient independence and improved overall patient experience. Safer working environment for the staff and cost savings of treating avoidable injury from falls with current bed use.

    Risk

    Insufficient amount of specialised beds to cater for the anticipated dramatic increase of dementia and vulnerable patients being admitted to the hospital. Not enough of these beds to meet each of our patients needs and not being able meet the demand.

    Reporting

    Once beds are purchased we will produce a report on the use from staff, users, carers and family demonstrating their effectiveness. This will be sent through the communication preference of each individual donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,816

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,954 1 bed Purchase of 1 specialised low level bed
      £3,954 1 bed Purchase of 1 specialised low level bed
      £3,954 1 bed Purchase of 1 specialised low level bed
      £3,954 1 bed Purchase of 1 specialised low level bed
  • Background

    Location

    The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has 600 beds covering Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset and parts of the New Forest serving a population of 550,000 people.

    The hospital provides a comprehensive range of patient and outpatient healthcare services including Cardiology, Dietetics, Eye Unit, Haematology, Maternity, Orthopaedics, women’s Health, Stroke services and Thoracic medicine.

    Beneficiaries

    Any recognised vulnerable patient considered at risk of falling from bed that require an inpatient stay. Of particular concern are dementia patients. 65% of our inpatients are over the age of 55 and last year over 2,000 of those had dementia. It is estimated that 10,000 people are living with the condition in Dorset and that number is increasing. We are anticipating a large increase in the number of vulnerable and dementia patients being admitted to the hospital.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Royal Bournemouth Hospital is a specialised dementia hospital with the capacity to deliver a complete medical and holistic approach to dementia care. Dementia patients are referred to the hospital for treatment from a wide catchment area throughout Dorset.

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    People

    Jenny Warren

    Lead purchaser - Commercial Services

    BJ Waltho

    Associate Director of Operations