Frailty and hospital-acquired functional decline
We know that keeping patients in a hospital bed when you don’t need to be in one can actually slow down your recovery, especially for older or frail patients – this can be called Hospital-acquired Functional Decline.
As part of HomeFirst Worcestershire we’re developing a way of recognising Hospital-acquired Functional Decline as quickly as possible to prevent harm to our older patients.
We want to further educate our clinical staff on the best-practice for managing frail patients and the signs to look out for to help spot Hospital-acquired Functional Decline.
This work is led by Sarah Smith and our Specialist Frailty teams.