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Sepsis care, vacancy rates, resus team: how a matron transformed her ED

Stella Davey responded to concerns about her hospital emergency department by forming a resus team that has transformed patient care and staff morale
Stella Davey

Stella Davey responded to concerns about her hospital emergency department by forming a resus team that has transformed patient care and staff morale

  • Team of senior nurses and paramedics is permanently deployed to ensure stability
  • Team training includes leadership, advanced life support and rotation in intensive treatment unit
  • Sepsis care has improved and the unit’s vacancy rate has fallen

The emergency department (ED) at Kingston Hospital had a serious problem with morale in 2016. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) had identified high numbers of new and inexperienced staff at the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London and felt it was creating unsustainable pressures.

Nurses felt that managers did not appreciate these challenges

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