NHS Trusts are facing an unprecedented level of demand for beds. In autumn and winter the pressure for beds often increases and there can be an increased risk of a mixed sex accommodation breach occurring.
There have been 3,752 breaches in the first seven months of 2016. The breaches occur whenever men and women are ‘mixed’ on the same ward, or any other part of a hospital where patients are treated in beds. NHS guidelines state:
There is no justification for placing a patient in mixed-sex accommodation where this is not in the best overall interests of the patient and where better management, better facilities, or the removal or organisational constraints could have averted the situation.
The rules apply to all trusts from acute hospitals to mental health units. Only intensive care and A&E are excused. Hospitals committing a ‘mixed sex accommodation breach’ face a fine of up to £250 for each one.
Monitoring Mixed Sex Accommodation
In order to mitigate against such breaches an NHS Trust can monitor key indicators such as patient demographics or gender split by ward in real-time through Infoview. The visualisation of the gender mix allows you to see your whole hospital at a glance, showing how many male beds and female beds are available or helping clinical staff track outlier patients from other wards.
Find out more
We are holding a short Webinar in October where we will showcase solutions that can help healthcare organisations to reduce their risk of mixed sex accommodation breaches and better analyse their patient flow including:
- Checking bed capacity, actual/expected admissions and discharges across a hospital or group, pinpointing patient flow blockages in real-time
- A snapshot of your hospitals or wards performance in real-time for huddle or operations meetings.
- Monitoring gender split by ward, patient satisfaction scores or minimising infection spread by tracking hospital acquired infections
Click here to register for the Webinar