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University Hospitals Bristol Nhs Foundation Trust Wins Award Patient Safety

 11 May 2009

A Consultant Nurse in Paediatric Intensive Care at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) part of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, has been recognised for her work on patient safety in the South West Health and Social Care Awards. These awards recognise and celebrate innovation and excellence across health and social care.

Caroline Haines has developed a paediatric early warning tool, a physiologically based system for identifying acutely ill children in hospital.

The tool was designed and trialled over a six-month period within the BRHC. Following completion of the research study, the tool was modified to improve its effectiveness.

Caroline says: This observational study has produced a clinical and physiological based system for the identification of acutely ill children in ward areas. Early identification of children in need of enhanced levels of care when they are admitted to hospital is essential to ensure that they receive the correct treatment.

Since it was developed, the tool has been rolled out in many hospitals across the country.

I am delighted to have won this award and hope that the tool will be taken up by more hospitals to save the lives of many more children.

Chief Executive of the Trust, Dr Graham Rich, says: "We are always looking for ways to improve our patient safety and this is an excellent example of how our staff are leading the way in this field.

Caroline and her team are now in the running for the national Health and Social Care Awards.

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