Case Number 3551
Request Date 25/03/2014
Completion Date 07/05/2014

 

Details of the Request

Policy and governance

1. Confirm or deny whether you have the following policies: (Please submit copies)

  • Nutrition and hydration policy?
  • Protected meals policy?
  • Nil by mouth policy

 

2. Confirm or deny whether (Submit any documents in support as applicable)

  • You have a designated Board member who is responsible for Nutrition and Hydration care including help with eating and drinking?
  • You discuss nutrition and hydration care related concerns within your Trust at Board meetings?
  • All staff are given mandatory training on healthy nutrition and hydration and help with eating and drinking?
  • You have mechanisms to collect real time feedback from patients regarding their nutrition and hydration care?

 

During hospital stay

3. Confirm or deny whether (Please submit any guidance documents)

  • Regular assessment is carried out for patients regarding nutrition and hydration during their stay in the hospital
  • Information is sought from patients regarding their diet and weight including their preferences/likes/dislikes
  • Clear information is given to patients about accessing meals and drinks during and out of meal times while they are in hospital
  • Clear information is given to patients about accessing oral supplements and/or tube feed if prescribed while they are in hospital
  • There are clear methods to identify people who need support with eating and drinking
  • There are robust procedures to ascertain that they are receiving the help needed.
  • At discharge: (Please supply any guidance documents relating to these)

 

4. What information relating to patients’ nutrition and hydration needs (including supplements and tube feed) is given to them at the time of discharge? (E.g. Verbal advice about diet and lifestyle, written advice about diet and lifestyle, Links to websites for advice about diet and lifestyle, written advice on taking oral supplements or the use of tube feed)

 

5. What information relating to patients’ nutrition and hydration needs is sent to their GP after the discharge of the patient from the hospital?

 

6. What information relating to patients’ nutrition and hydration needs is sent to their care home after the discharge of the patient from the hospital?

 

Patient safety

7. In the past three years have you had any of the following incidents recorded?

  • Incident type
  • Numbers
  • Details of the incident
  • Age of the patient
  • Dehydration
  • Incorrect diet e.g. causing allergy or unmodified
  • Incorrect artificial feed
  • Choking
  • Catering errors
  • Nil by mouth – patient fed
  • Nil by mouth –prolonged periods of time
  • Lack of nutritional assessment
  • Gaps in nutritional care due to transfer of care
  • Nutrition status identified as a contributing factor in the development of pressure sores

 

Details of the Response

Please find attached the completed survey.