‘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 [...]

Wristbands to help find missing people with dementia

Wristbands to help find missing people with dementia. Wristbands which can help locate missing people with dementia have given families "peace of mind". The bracelets, developed by emergency services and charities in the Avon area, store essential information about the wearer including their name and next of kin. The information can be accessed by an app when a mobile is held nearby. Tracy Plummer's grandmother has dementia and she said the wristband has given her a sense of "relief". Avon and Somerset Police, charity [...]

COVID-19: Link between spreadsheet blunder and 1,500 coronavirus deaths dismissed as ‘misleading’

COVID-19: Link between spreadsheet blunder and 1,500 coronavirus deaths dismissed as 'misleading' Public Health England has described as "misleading" research which suggests a link between an estimated 1,500 coronavirus deaths and a spreadsheet glitch that delayed thousands of people being referred to the Test and Trace system. The figure accounts for around 21% of all COVID-19 related deaths in the six weeks following the discovery of the problem on 3 October, according to a University of Warwick study. Over the same period, the error [...]

COVID-19: Care home visitors who test negative ‘can hug loved ones’ before Christmas

COVID-19: Care home visitors who test negative 'can hug loved ones' before Christmas The government has pledged it will provide twice-weekly testing to up to two visitors by Christmas. Care home providers cautiously welcomed the news but fear the rules may be difficult to implement Relatives of care home residents in England will be able to hug their loved ones before Christmas - if they have a negative COVID test and wear protective equipment. The government has pledged it will provide twice-weekly testing [...]

Medical technology gives healthcare a shot in the arm

Medical technology gives healthcare a shot in the arm Doctors have been spurred by Covid-19 to experiment with tech but it is not a cure-all Tony Young: ‘technology is empowering our patients and our professionals’ Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of FT.comT&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email licensing@ft.comto buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month [...]