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SBAR Communication in Care Homes

Unplanned admissions to hospital result from a patient’s condition changing in such a way that they are no longer safe to be looked after in the care facility in which they live. Hospital often becomes the default location for their care to be transferred to. These patients are often elderly, frail and have complex medical comorbidities. If the deteriorating patient is highlighted earlier to other healthcare professionals unplanned admissions to hospital can be reduced.

This is a collaborative project between Sussex Community Trust and Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and is funded from a grant by Health Education KSS with the aim of reducing admissions from and improving the quality of care of patients who become unwell in care homes (with and without nursing).

Communicating the correct information about patients to the correct people is imperative and SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) communication provides a standardized tool to aid this. This e-learning course is part of the wider SETS (SBAR Education through Technology and Simulation) course to embed SBAR communication in care homes. Part 2 is a half day simulation course conducted in care homes and part 3 is a series of podcasts to cement the learning.

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