The Red Bag Scheme

Thanks to Father Christmas at this time of year red is a very popular colour. Some of you may have heard about the Red Bag scheme that is in place across South Tees CCG that aims to improve  communication between care homes and hospitals. The scheme aims to shorten hospital stays by ensuring that doctors nurses and carers are all on the same page to be most able to support a resident’s needs. Residential home staff prepare a dedicated ‘red bag’ containing standardised information about a resident should they need hospital care. This information includes the resident’s general health, any existing medical conditions they have, medication they are taking, as well as highlighting the current health concern. This means that ambulance and hospital staff are properly prepared and can determine the treatment a resident  needs more effectively. It has also been proving to be an effective way to prevent residents losing essential personal items such as hearing aids, glasses and false teeth.

A really simple idea that can make a really big difference.

For more information on the scheme visit

https://www.england.nhs.uk/urgent-emergency-care/hospital-to-home/red-bag/

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