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The first in a series of articles and research papers proposing an alternative trajectory. Identifying the manual and mechanical handling link to force-related tissue damage in both patients and carers during present inbed care practices. Click here to view the paper.

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It's tissue, Harm but not as we know it!

Why the quicker application research findings will allow the proactive prevention of tissue harm beyond the minimum legal requirements.

Beneath all talk of safety within Health and Social Care is a...

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Is tissue harm the mole of patient safety?

Safety Culture coach, Ashleigh Phillips neatly summed up the UK’s patient safety challenge in a recently article by...

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Harm-onious Inbed Care

harm-onious inbed care

The past, present and future of tissue harm

What struck me again at the recent

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Is technology and automation improving safety during inbed care?

When considering this question, it’s easy to immediately answer yes, but on reflection this is definitely not always the case.

Let me explain.

Firstly, we need to remember that during inbed care, there...

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Adapting fast and slow: force-related tissue damage

Following on from our recent white paper, this article has been published in

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The elephant in the room: healthcare needs are changing. But can the industry adapt?

The elephant in the room

Why an ageing population is necessitating change

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Is ignorance or selfish interest preventing the advancement of care for patients confined to bed?

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Cards on the table: eliminating the tissue damage gamble

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We live in an ageing society. 18% of the

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Why metamorphosis is needed to protect both patients and carers during inbed care

Why metamorphosis is needed to protect both patients and carers during inbed care

As Baroness Wheeler highlighted...

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Matching the external environment to the patient’s innate, protective environment

Moving the focus from that of managing to one of anticipation, prediction and prevention.

In response to our social media post, “What’s becoming clear from pioneering research is...

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The hidden time-bomb causing injuries to nurses & carers

Patient care products

Statistics show that 80-90% of us will have a sore back at some time(s) in our lives to the point where we...

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Banishing bad backs and making 'inbed' patient care safer for nurses and carers

Introduction

When caring for patients ‘inbed’, nurses and carers are responsible for the safety of both themselves and those in their care. With

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Moving and handling: making it safer for carers as well as patients

As discussed in our blog, Why implementing an effective...

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An open letter to the Presidents of NPUAP and EPUAP

As Patient Safety Week commences, we are deeply concerned on 2 levels:
• that the NPUAP changes in ‘pressure injury’ terminology and ‘pressure ulcer’ classifications do...

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"Force-related tissue damage” prevention rather than treatment.

Is this really such a radical approach to maintaining optimum tissue integrity?

Tissue damage associated with patients being cared for ‘inbed’* have been historically called...

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The missing synergy solution when moving patients being cared for ‘inbed’

In response to requests, please find below links to both parts 1 &

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The missing synergy when moving patients being cared for ‘inbed’ – Part 2

Introduction

The philesynergetic approach to caring for patients ‘inbed’ uses gravity, the correct synergetic layers and the patient’s own body mass to provide safe patient’s rest, movement...

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The missing synergy when moving patients being cared for ‘inbed’ – Part 1

What currently happens?
There is a need for patients to move when being cared for ‘inbed’. Movement can be both intentional and unintentional. Similarly, this movement can be gross...

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The forgotten interface when caring for patients confined to bed

What do you wear in bed? According to a national sleep survey, 92% of us...

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Why implementing an effective ‘inbed’ care management approach as a whole makes economic sense.

There have been interesting discussions on LinkedIn regarding Ben Zwillinger’s article,

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Why is your ‘inbed’ care and safety important?

Patients needing ‘inbed’ care, trust that their care provider’s decisions will keep them safe from both tissue damage and infection. It’s an unspoken and implicit expectation which covers...

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Championing change: the need to improve ‘inbed’ care for both patients and carers

For too long we have had to manage patient skin integrity...

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“Inbed” Patient Movement: The Logical Approach

Whether we are looking at the ideal ‘inbed’ patient environment or the

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The Einstein Effect on Inbed Care

Einstein inspired many to think beyond current understanding, driving forward science and technology. His recently proven work on gravitational...

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“No matter how well-intentioned care is, how tissue integrity is protected tells all.”

The above is a powerful statement and a topic that we’re passionate about at Phil-e-Slide. We understand Health and Social Care professionals want to give care to the best of their ablities. However, the...

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Is the ideal inbed care environment fantasy or a possibility?

Envisage a world where all patients who are confined to bed have an environment that provides an ideal synergy between them, their carer and their resting surfaces. It pre-empts their needs. It is the model...

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‘Inbed’ Care Management: An Alternative View

In this video, an ex-Apple designer, Tony Fadell gives a fascinating 17-minute insight into the development of iPhone products. ...

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Why curiosity is improving safe patient care

Following our previous blog on “Changing the way we think about safe patient care”, we’ve been seeing many different discussions on change and how it’s managed; in both healthcare...

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Changing the way we think about safe patient care

Interestingly, The Health Foundation recently published a new report, Continuous improvement in patient safety that explained its collective thinking for how patient safety can be understood, improved and...

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Improving Safe Patient Care: The Knowledge Gap

In the on-going discussions on the LinkedIn Moving and Handling Instructors’ Group about Deep Tissue Injuries (DTI) and deformation at a cellular level, the point...

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The Challenge of Innovative Product Adoption in Health & Social Care

In March 2015 the NHS called for innovators to develop new technologies and digital services to improve care for patients and save money for taxpayers.

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The impact of emerging technology on inbed care

Our blog on subconscious and behavioural drift generated several forum discussions on the factors that can contribute to this. These factors included:

• lack of resources
• the need to...

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Unconscious and Behavioural Drift

Biotechsis “inbed Care Management System – keeping us safe

At the 2013 European Wound Management Association (EWMA) symposium, Rob Humrickhouse of...

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The forgotten question when assessing patient in-bed care!

When discussing patient ‘in-bed care’ it is easy to overlook the bed environment and the fact that the bed linen is an integral part of that care.

Yes, it might be remembered that a turning aid is needed, or an incontinence slide required, but how many patient assessments in...

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Are we moving patients or assaulting them?

Is physical harm inadvertently being caused by the present traditional in-bed care and manual moving practices and the poor design of present products?

This is a question we posed in a LinkedIn group and it has provoked some interesting discussions. You can read them all here:

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Putting Care Back into Healthcare

This insightful blog from Jo Bibby, The Heath Foundation echoes many of our own thoughts here at Phil-e-Slide. From our own experience in healthcare, remembering the person when caring is paramount – from the policies in place, to the products used and the behaviour of the care-giver....

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Person-centred care made simple

This animation from The Health Foundation is a quick overview of person-centred care, exploring what it is and why it’s important.

It can be used as a companion to our publication ‘Person-centred care made simple’ or on its own. The animation is for anyone interested in...

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PASC Calls For An Independent Patient Safety Investigation Body

At Phil-e-Slide we were delighted to hear that the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee has called upon the Secretary of State for Health to act immediately to start to establish a national independent patient safety investigation body that will help to create a safer

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Building the profile of quality improvement in the NHS

In her recent blog post, Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive of the Health Foundation made recommendations to help speed up improvements and allow the NHS to reach its aims in the NHS 5 Year forward view which included support at the clinical front...

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The importance of building improvement capability and capacity in clinical teams

As discussed in the article below by Tricia Woodhead (Associate Clinical Director for Patient Safety at the West of England Academic Health Science Network and a Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow), Quality of care is the aim of every individual working in healthcare. However, the...

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What next for the Francis culture of safety? Six steps to start

No-one would claim that changing culture is easy, but it is possible. … Click here to read more

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What does it really take to improve patient safety?

How confident are you that the risk management processes in your organisation enable you to predict and manage all the risks your patients are likely to face? If you have doubts, you’re probably not alone …

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Safer Clinical Systems: evaluation findings

Lessons from Safer Clinical Systems
Patient safety problems exist throughout the NHS, as in all large complex health care systems in the world. However, it is not staff negligence, but the systems, procedures, environment and constraints faced by...

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Integration: putting people first

A friend recently told me she’d had eleven assessments in the past year, all relating to her health and care needs. When attempting to more closely align health and social care, the last thing we should do is add an ‘integrated assessment’ to that list. Let’s reduce the duplication and...

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Human factors in health care – what’s new and what next?

Those who know me well will know that I’m a pessimistic optimist – I know we’ll eventually see human factors firmly embedded in health care across the world, but I know it won’t happen without a great deal of thoughtful work by those at the front line and, importantly, those...

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Patient Safety - Skin friction, distortion and sheer - the patient handling link

The Biotechsis in-bed care management system is designed to help avoid pressure ulcers. Having worked in the care industry for 40 years, Phil Strong has seen for himself the patient tissue damage caused by friction, skin distortion and sheer that...

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Reporting and investigations – a new way ahead for patient safety?

By Martin Bromiley

Much has changed in the NHS with a renewed emphasis on learning but we’re moving deckchairs on the Titanic. Fundamentally, we need to make sure we separate the learning and the blaming process, says Martin Bromiley.

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First Do No Harm: closing the gap in patient safety

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The road to a national strategy for human factors: Part 3 – what should it be like?

Martin Bromiley – 22 September 2014

I wrote part 1 and

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Shear and Tissue Integrity - The State of the Science

What? Shear and Tissue integrity – The State of the Science (Hosted by BHTA).
When? Monday, 20 October 2014, 11:00am to 17:00pm (BST)
Where? St James’s Street,...

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The road to a National Strategy in Healthcare for Human Factors

‘making it easy to do the right things’ in a shifting landscape-*forging the right links*.

In many respects the NHS can be proud of what it’s done around human factors. No other national health care system has yet tried to do what we’re...

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New research paper explores misconceptions in manual handling

In association with both the University of Salford and HFH Consulting, Prism Medical UK has published an excellent research paper ‘Exploring the Manual Handling Myth’ that examines many...

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Patient engagement – we need to live it, not talk it

Patient engagement is much talked about. Thankfully. However, casting my mind back 20 years when organising The King’s Fund’s Promoting Patient Choice conference, I recall having no difficulty in finding two doctors to get up in front of the 300+ audience and argue that ‘patients should do...

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Death is 'core business' of Scottish hospitals, university study finds

Almost one in three hospital patients in Scotland will die within a year, and nearly one in 10 will die during their time in hospital, a study has found.

The Glasgow University report says the findings suggest that part of the “core business” of hospitals is people who are...

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Mears' Transformation to deliver payment-by-results homecare

In September 2013, Wiltshire County Council entered into a partnership with Mears to deliver care services as part of the council’s ground-breaking Help to Live at Home service. In a move away from traditional domiciliary care contracts, and as discussed by Alan Long, Executive Director of...

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Person-centred care timeline

This interactive timeline is a visual guide through the key events that have contributed to the move towards a more person-centred health service over the past 50 years (read instructions for using Prezis).

The focus is primarily on shared decision making and self-management support as...

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Soft Surface Fabrics Identified as a Priority for Infection Prevention In Recent Issue of Healthcare Purchasing News

February’s issue of Healthcare Purchasing News discusses contaminated soft surfaces as an important part of improving environmental hygiene and creating a more effective infection prevention program. On the heels of a recent announcement from the Society of Epidemiology of America (

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Soft Surface Bacterial Contamination: Considerations for a Complete Infection Prevention Program

While changing the dressing of a MRSA infected wound, a nurse realizes that visitors in the hall can see her ICU patient in a compromised position. The nurse, with her contaminated gloves, pulls the curtain shut with a quick tug. After...

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Soft Surface Fabrics: THE OTHER HIGH TOUCH SURFACES

ACTION STEPS FOR INCORPORATING SOFT SURFACE BACTERIAL MANAGEMENT IN A

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What's being done to prevent HAIs?

Infection control experts agree that cleaner hospitals are safer hospitals. But while hand washing and disinfecting hard surfaces like countertops, floors, bed rails and instruments have helped reduce infection rates, their effectiveness is limited. These procedures rely on proper training,...

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