Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?
Welcome to our slightly tongue-in-cheek section called Heroes and Villains.
Heroes and Villains
Each month, we take a generally light-hearted look at who have been the stand-out “goodies” and the “baddies” for nursing and healthcare over the last few weeks.
Let us know if you agree with our choices for September and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).
Patient Transfer Scale
A nurse who has invented a new weighing scale for immobile patients believes it could save lives by ensuring they get vital drugs more quickly on admission to hospital. Gillian Taylor came up with the idea for the Patient Transfer Scale – believed to be the first of its kind in the world – while working in emergency care for NHS Lanarkshire. “I realised that if a patient is weighed as they are transferred to a bed, using a transfer board, they can be weighed quickly without time being taken to weigh them,” she said. She developed her invention with Marsden and Scottish Health Innovations Limited.
Ghana’s minister for health, Kwaku Agyeman- Manu, chose to single out nurses in his country for falling standards of care and an increasing number of avoidable deaths. “I share the opinion that nurses are to blame more for the gloomy picture of gross disease burden arising from chronic ailing conditions, addiction of unhealthy lifestyles among the people,” he said, according to a report on the Modern Ghana website. The minister, who presumably has control of the resources needed to improve his nation’s health, did not even read out his own statement, choosing instead to leave it to his director of nursing.