Do not resuscitate orders might have been put in place without consent, watchdog says

Do not resuscitate orders might have been put in place without consent, watchdog says In one case, a carer said a doctor told staff that any resident who caught COVID-19 would have an order put in place. In some cases, families were not aware the order was in place until their relative became unwell Patients may have been under inappropriate "do not resuscitate orders" by doctors making blanket decisions during the first wave of the pandemic, the care watchdog has said. Complaints about [...]

‘Do not resuscitate’ orders caused potentially avoidable deaths, regulator finds

‘Do not resuscitate’ orders caused potentially avoidable deaths, regulator finds Care Quality Commission says orders were wrongly applied in English care homes in early part of pandemic Do-not-resuscitate orders were wrongly allocated to some care home residents during the Covid-19 pandemic, causing potentially avoidable deaths, the first phase of a review by England’s Care Quality Commission has found. The regulator warned that some of the “inappropriate” do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) notices applied in the spring may still be in place [...]

UK care home residents to miss out on first round of Covid vaccinations

UK care home residents to miss out on first round of Covid vaccinations. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has said care home residents and staff should be prioritised in the vaccine rollout. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian. Hundreds of thousands of care home residents will miss out on the first wave of Covid vaccinations when the rollout begins next week, the government has admitted. The fragility of the newly licensed Pfizer vaccine means it will first be delivered only to hospitals. The news [...]

NHS to pilot blood test that could detect early signs of more than 50 types of cancer

NHS to pilot blood test that could detect early signs of more than 50 types of cancer The test, which was developed in the US, looks for changes in blood on a molecular level, and could catch cancers early. The blood test could help catch some cancers early A new blood test that could help detect the early signs of more than 50 types of cancer is set to be piloted across England by the NHS. The Galleri blood test will be piloted [...]

Digital skills essential for good health, report finds

Digital skills essential for good health, report finds NHS Digital report says technology can reduce health inequalities Access to the internet and having digital skills are essential for people's health and wellbeing, a new report has found. NHS Digital, part of the UK's National Health Service, undertook a three-year project that trialled digital technology with disadvantaged communities as part of the NHS' Widening Digital Participation Programme. The report concluded that to reduce health inequalities, tackling the 'digital divide' is essential. Covid-19 and the [...]