See and Treat

What was the issue you were addressing or working on?

Falls are the most common call received by the Scottish Ambulance Service in Aberdeen, with a mid-morning peak.   The purpose of this project was to maximise the number of Older People who can be supported to remain at home, following a fall.  This is intended to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary hospital admissions for older people.


What you did?

SAS staff were trained to “see and treat” a fall and link an older person into other community supports.

 


What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?

This service was often a direct benefit and support to carers living with or caring for, the person who fell.  In year one of the project, 35% of people who fell, were supported to continue to remain at home.


Contacts - to find out more

Allan Reid, SAS, Areid3@nhs.net  Tel 01224812200