Dr Kawa Amin represents the BGS on the advisory group for the National Audit of Inpatient Falls (NAIF). He is a Consultant Geriatrician, Consultant lead for falls service and Geriatrics Departmental Lead for Safety & Quality at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.
As part of my role on the NAIF advisory group I have been involved in the development of a new bedside vision assessment tool which enables ward staff to quickly assess a patient’s eyesight in order to help prevent them falling or tripping while in hospital.
Being acutely unwell is and in a different environment, is a stressful experience. Even with reassuring care from clinical teams treating them, older people often need extra support in a ward environment. Can you imagine how frightening such an experience might be for a patient with visual impairment? It’s perhaps no wonder that poor vision is a risk for delirium. Continue reading