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Better ways to manage patient frailty

Caring for frail older people is the core business of acute hospitals - improve care for them and you can improve it for everyone
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Caring for frail older people is the core business of acute hospitals - improve care for them and you can improve it for everyone

With those aged 65-plus accounting for more than half of all admissions and three quarters of bed days in NHS hospitals, improving care for frail older people is a significant challenge for health services. Now a report published by the NHS Benchmarking Network combines financial, workforce, quality and outcome data for the first time, painting a detailed picture of what’s happening in acute hospital care for older people.

Among the central findings of the report into services in England and Wales is that only a little over four in ten hospital organisations have a specific frailty unit in place, yet almost half of older people admitted to a specialist ward have a condition associated with frailty.

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