Safeguarding vulnerable older people in hospital
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Safeguarding vulnerable older people in hospital

Lynne Phair Consultant nurse for safeguarding adults at risk of abuse, NHS Sussex, University of Brighton
Hazel Heath Independent nurse consultant in older people; visiting senior research fellow, City University London, Royal College of Nursing Older People’s Forum, Journal of Dementia Care

Safeguarding vulnerable older people is the responsibility of all healthcare professionals, but what this means in reality and how it can be achieved in practice is not always well understood. This article provides guidance on how government initiatives can be used by nurses to improve the care of older people. The article identifies criteria for determining when a concern should be raised as a safeguarding alert and when neglect may be occurring. A positive culture encompassing zero tolerance of poor care in the hospital setting is advocated.

Nursing Standard. 27, 4, 50-55. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review