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Free videos: spotting the early warning signs of residents becoming unwell

Wessex and the West of England AHSNs, and Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG, funded by Health Education England, have collaborated to produce a series of free videos and e-learning materials to support staff working in care homes to care for residents who are at risk of becoming unwell.

Guidance also recommends that care home staff work with residents’ GPs to review Advance Care Plans as a matter of urgency with residents.

The videos are around 3-4 minutes each – it will take just over 40 minutes to watch them all.

We’re proud to say these videos have been viewed over 400,000 times and were shortlisted for a 2021 Patient Safety HSJ Award.

There are links in the table below that will direct you to videos on specific topics. To watch the whole series either click on the play button on the video image below, or click this link.

1. Introduction to serious illness for carers 8. Measuring the heart rate
2. Preventing the spread of infection 9. Measuring level of alertness
3. Soft signs of deterioration 10. How to measure temperature
4. NEWS What is it? 11. Calculating and recording a NEWS score
5. Measuring the respiratory rate 12. Structured communication and escalation
6. Measuring oxygen saturation 13. Treatment escalation plans and resuscitation
7. Measuring blood pressure 14. Recognising deterioration with a learning disability

These videos are part of Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) Hub. Follow instructions here to gain certification.

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