A CAMPAIGN to cut hospital deaths has saved 410 lives in its first six months.
The 1000 Lives campaign was launched a year ago to cut the number of “avoidable” deaths and injuries in hospitals.
Every hospital trust and Local Health Board in Wales has signed up to the campaign and introduced new initiatives or changed procedures.
Campaign director Dr Jonathon Gray said the changes include replacing razors by clippers to reduce the chance of infected ‘nicks’ and strengthening hand hygiene regimes.
Local Health Boards have been working closely with GPs to reduce the number of unnecessary hospital admissions for patients with chronic heart failure.
They have also been working to improve the reliability of the instructions given to patients, particularly those in relation to the drug warfarin.
The North West Wales NHS Trust has launched a new initiative to improve infection control in the community as part of the campaign.
New sterile equipment boxes, which contain equipment needed to change dressings and provide basic treatment, have been distributed to district nursing teams throughout the trust area to improve infection control when patients are seen in their own homes.
All 29 care homes in Flintshire have developed action plans to make further improvements.
Teams at Wrexham LHB are working closely with GPs to improve the safety of warfarin.
Warfarin is prescribed to thin the blood generally of patients with heart conditions but there is a risk of side effects
“Sometimes it can be as simple as the patient not fully understanding the dose,” a spokesman said.
Wales’ chief medical officer, Dr Tony Jewell, Chief Medical Officer for Wales, said: “The 1000 Lives Campaign is clearly having an impact on clinical leadership and the quality of the healthcare that we deliver.”