An airline-style safety card designed by nurses at a major London hospital to help patients keep safe is now being adopted by healthcare providers on the other side of the world.
The card is given to all inpatients when they are admitted to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, as part of a “welcome pack”.
“We’re proud that these resources are helping to improve the experience of patients”
It uses clear, colourful images to provide patients with information about how to stay safe in hospital by avoiding falls, blood clots and other problems.
Following its launch in 2012, the safety card is being used by NHS trusts across the UK.
Now patients in Australian hospitals are benefiting from the safety card and its accompanying short film.
Nurses’ innovative patient safety card goes global
Denise Kluck, from the Department of Health in Perth, is planning to use the information across Western Australia. She praised the “simple and eye-catching” design.
Dame Eileen Sills, chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ led the development of the card at her trust in London.
She said: “It’s fantastic that so many hospitals nationally and internationally have adopted the safety card and film.
“We’re proud that these resources are helping to improve the experience of patients at our trust and further afield,” she added.