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Trust helping patients show pain the red card

Published 11/04/2018
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The Royal Derby Hospital has introduced a new scheme in A&E to allow patients receiving pain medication to take ownership of their care.

Patients that are taken to the department’s initial assessment area, known as Pitstop, are now being issued with cards detailing when they were last given pain relief.   

The reusable cards, introduced as part of the Trust’s ‘Show Pain the Red Card’ scheme, also specify the time when patients should alert a member of the nursing team to reassess their pain. 

Allowing patients to keep hold of the cards for the duration of their time in the department therefore improves the quality of care and patients’ hospital experience by keeping them in the loop with the stage of their treatment.  

The cards are printed in seven languages and have been introduced following a successful weeklong trial at the Royal Derby Hospital in September.

During this period, 59% of patients in Pitstop had their pain level reassessed by a member of staff within 30 minutes, compared to 16% before the trial. 

A total of 78% of patients were also reassessed between 30 minutes and an hour, compared to 16% before. 

Derby Teaching Hospitals Emergency Department Clinical Lead, Dr Dan Boden, said: “We’re delighted to be able to help our patients show pain the red card, following the successful trial of this project last year. As a Trust, we’re constantly on the lookout for new ways to improve the quality of the care that we provide our patients. From the results of the trial, it is clear that this scheme will do just that by helping our staff to make sure that patients are as comfortable as possible by regularly reassessing their pain. This is a really good quality improvement and will also enhance the patients’ hospital experience by empowering them to take ownership of their care.”

Last Modified 11/04/2018