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East Kent trust pioneers new nursing tool

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has introduced “red mats” to alert all staff to patient nutritional needs around-the-clock.

The red mats are intended to enhance the red tray principle, which was started by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital and is now a nationally adopted innovation.

Red trays indicate patients who need assistance at mealtimes. However, red trays are only available three times a day.

The red mats will remain on the patient’s table 24/7, so all ward staff and visiting staff can see at a glance who needs help with food and drink, or monitoring, regardless of the time of day.

The red mats are non-slip, easy to clean and infection-control compliant. They will also provide a stimulus for dementia patients.

The mats began being rolled out across the FT’s wards on 12 November.

Readers' comments (3)

  • michael stone

    I like this idea. It seems inexpensive, and an excellent 'flag' that nobody could claim 'I had not been aware of'.

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  • what is happening to nursing when we need this Do you not know your patients needs anymore Its a joke

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  • I agree with Mike, this might seem simplistic, but the truth is, every little bit of help to promote patient nutrition is a good one, worth a try I say.

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