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Originator: NHS Improvement

From: James Nicholls

Issue date: 25-Jul-2018 14:48:21

This alert has been issued to:
  • Care Trusts
  • Mental Health Trusts
  • Specialists Trusts
  • NHS Regional Offices
  • Learning Disabilities Trusts
  • Mental Health & Social Care Trusts
  • Ambulance Trusts
  • Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Trusts
  • Acute Trusts
  • Community Trusts

  • Other contacts
  • Independent Healthcare Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Social Care Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Special Health Authorities

Action category: Immediate Action

Title: Resources to support safer care for patients at risk of autonomic dysreflexia

Broadcast content:

This alert signposts providers to resources to support safer bowel care for patients at risk of autonomic dysreflexia.

Providers are asked to use the resources to review local clinical policy and guidance relating to bowel assessment and management, and to review local training and education provision, particularly around the care of patients with spinal cord injury or neurological conditions that have led to neurogenic bowel dysfunction.

Additional information: NHS England regional teams, please cascade this alert to GPs.

Can you please include the following text in your covering email to explain the relevance of the alert to general practice: 'Although GPs would not be expected to lead on the policy/training actions contained in this alert, you need to be aware of the need to act quickly when a patient at risk of autonomic dysreflexia is not receiving the bowel care they need, and appropriately escalate care for affected patients'.

Alert reference: NHS/PSA/RE/2018/005

Action underway deadline: 30-Jul-2018

Action complete deadline: 25-Jan-2019


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