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Acute Adult
Acute Adult

Acute Adult

Background

Since its launch in 2008, the Acute Adult programme has contributed to a significant reduction in harm and mortality to acute adult inpatients through: 
  • introduction and development of quality improvement methodology through testing of focused safety interventions
  • testing and implementation of leadership activities that provide organisational support for safety
  • building of capacity and capability within clinical and non clinical roles 
  • tangible patient impact on patient outcomes through reduction of infection rates such as Ventilator Associated Pneumonia and Central Line Bloodstream Infections
  • widespread implementation of safety briefs, daily goal setting in ICU and surgical brief and pause
  • improvement in the recognition and treatment of Deteriorating Patients and Sepsis, and
  • transition of now well-established interventions from improvement to day to day care through the Patient Safety Essentials.

In 2012, the Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing announced stretching new aims for the Acute Adult programme:

  • To further reduce mortality in Scotland’s acute hospitals
  • To further reduce harm experienced by patients in Scotland’s acute hospitals
To achieve these aims, the Acute Adult programme will continue to work with NHSScotland boards to test and implement processes that will further improve reliable care delivery across a range of clinical areas.

An Acute Adult 'infographic' has been developed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland as a prompt for healthcare professionals to help teams understand why continuous improvement is so important.

Additional information and resources can be found below and in the members area of this website. (N.B. Access to this portal requires registration and is currently available to NHSScotland staff only).


Workstreams

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) is now part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Improvement Hub supporting improvement across health and social care. This is a unique national programme that aims to improve the safety of healthcare and reduce the level of harm experienced by people using healthcare services.

SPSP aims to support National Health and Wellbeing Outcome 7: People using health and social care services are safe from harm. The Acute Adult aim continues to be to reduce harm and mortality in hospitals.


The Acute Adult programme will continue to work with NHSScotland boards to test and implement processes that will further improve reliable care delivery across a range of clinical areas.


The Acute Adult programme also supports NHS boards that continue to work on reducing harm from; VenousThromboembolism (VTE), heart failure, medicines and surgical site infections.

Additional information and resources can be found in the members area of this website. (N.B. Access to this portal requires registration and is currently available to NHSScotland staff only).
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