On 23 January 2012 the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) and Patient Safety First will be launching a week focused on nutrition and hydration: ‘A taste of patient safety’.
Poor nutrition and hydration leads to poor health, increased and prolonged hospital admissions, and increased costs to the NHS. The consequences of poor nutrition and hydration are well documented and include increased risk of infection, poor skin integrity and delayed wound healing, decreased muscle strength, depression and, sadly, premature death. Put simply poor nutrition and hydration causes harm.
Nutrition and Hydration week will be run the support of key partners (see below) to reinforce and focus energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as part of patient safety improvement.
During the week there will be a series of informative and interactive WebEx sessions, hosted by experts including Dr Mike Stroud, polar explorer, Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Southampton University Hosptial and former Chair of BAPENl; and Nursing Times Award’s Nurse of the Year, Tracy Earley.
We will also be encouraging people to summit case studies of their work in our online forum, promoting a number of activities for people to undertake and asking individuals and organisations to ‘pledge’ to deliver high quality and safe nutrition and hydration.
The site will be updated over the coming weeks with more information and resources Go to the site