Reduce hospital stays, reduce infections and reduce complications
Deal with Trauma on the Day. No one, neither surgeon, anaesthetist, nurse nor porter should leave the hospital until the decks are cleared.
The story behind this headline
An 89 year old man, veteran of the Burma campaign and a hospital consultant in Geriatrics and General Medicine at Bedford General Hospital has already waited 36 hours for reduction of a dislocated hip in Bedford General Hospital.
Dr Robert Miller is at increased risk of thrombosis, pneumonia, bedsores, confusion, infection and a failed reduction. And even if the hospital keeps him in a bed for ten days before operating he will still need his operation. Every day his surgery is delayed, delays his recovery and increases the NHS hospital bill. Every day your relative has their surgery delayed, delays their recovery.
The hospital says it cannot afford to open a second theatre to clear trauma cases. They cannot afford not to, and if they are short of money now to open a second theatre, they will have even less money by the time they have dealt with the complications they have caused.
This man is my father. His case is not unique. I want people to write to their MPs and demand that hospitals Deal with Trauma on the Day and post below:
Please write to your MP -not for my father but for your relatives, and for your friends and for your children
Find your MP here
Copy this letter into your email and send it to him or her.
Deal with Trauma on The Day
The UK is the only county in Europe which does not Deal with Trauma on the Day. The longer a patient waits for surgery, the greater their risk of complications. These complications include, infection, thrombosis, pneumonia, bedsores, confusion, failed surgery, and death. The older the patient is, the greater their risk of complications. The younger the patient is, the greater their risk of permanent disability. Hospitals cannot afford not to open a second theatre.
As an MP for ____ hospital, I ask you to campaign to Deal with Trauma on the Day
1) Raise questions in the house
2) Talk to the Chief Executive of ____ and demand action
3) Ensure that all trauma in your constituency is Dealt with on the Day.
Copyright (c) Dr. Liz Miller