Staff’s bright idea implemented to enhance patient safety

Source:  Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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Date of publicationSeptember 2015

Publication type:  Trust website

In a nutshell: Three members of Derriford Hospital’s Physiotherapy team have come up with an idea for high visibility tabards to improve patient safety and help reassure patients when they undergo stair assessments. The patients are often very nervous and can be quite unsteady and people pushing past is putting those patients under even more stress which ultimately affects their performance and even their discharge. In an effort to stop this happening, Physiotherapy team members came up with the idea for the high visibility tabards. The tabards display the message ‘Stop. Stair assessment in progress. Please Wait’, in an attempt to highlight to other stair users the need for patience and consideration.

Length of Publication:  1 web page

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