BACCN Twitter Chat #RandR

Posted by Administrator on October 4, 2017

BACCN Twitter Chat - October #RandR

Following our summer hiatus we were happy to recommence our regular Twitter Chat's with our first of this new cycle of twitter chats discussing Rapid Response Systems #RandR.

Rapid Response Systems have been in place in one form or the other in the UK for nearly 20 years now. Many organisations such as NICE and NCEPOD have repeatedly called for / recommended Critical Care Outreach services to be available 24/7. Despite this in the recent NCEPOD report "Inspiring Change" it was noted that only 49% of those that took part offered a 24/7 service within their organisation. It was interesting to note how varying the services is that's being provided across the various teams and I guess there-in lies the problem with regards to research in the efficacy of Rapid Response Systems such as Critical Care Outreach ect.

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I want to thank all those that participated in the twitter chat as it's only by sharing our varying experiences we can learn from each other and move forward. There's various forums where we can continue to share and discuss our views and opinions such as the forthcoming iRRS / NoRF conference, and of course the #BACCNConf2018 that will be taking place in Bournemouth. I would urge you to participate and share your work in order for us all to learn and thereby improve services we provide to the wider critical care community across the NHS to the benefit of all deteriorating patients and their families.

Below is the usual storify version of the twitter chat, that you can use for revalidation purposes. 

Please join us next month on the 7th of November when we'll be discussing "Sepsis in ICU" #icusepsis.

Thank you for participating and lets keep the conversation going...

@karin_gerber on behalf of @BACCNUK.


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Pressure Ulcer Assessment survey

Posted by Administrator on September 26, 2017

Pressure Ulcer Assessment survey

We would like to invite you to take part in this 5 minute survey focusing upon pressure ulcer assessment within Critical Care

Please access the survey link below:
Why complete this survey?
Prevention of pressure ulcers is of great importance due to serious patient consequences. Therefore this survey will be used to help gain an understanding of critical care nurses opinions on an important area of practice to help inform where to focus future research and attention across the UK.
Who has designed this survey?
Annette Richardson Nurse Consultant Critical Care at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has designed the questions for the survey. Please use this contact for any queries:
Who should complete this survey?
A critical care sister/charge nurse or a tissue viability nurse working in critical care or a lead nurse for pressure ulcer prevention on your critical care unit. The best person to complete the survey is the person with the most knowledge about the questions.
What information is required before I start the survey?
The questions will ask about the pressure ulcer prevention practices in you critical care unit with a focus on the use of pressure ulcer risk assessment tools.  
How long will this survey take to complete?
The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.
What will happen to the information?
The information will be analysed and written up as a paper to be reported and shared through a report and publication.
Thank you for your participation.
Annette Richardson
Nurse Consultant Critical Care
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



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BACCN Twitter Chat #BACCNConf2017

Posted by Administrator on September 11, 2017

BACCN September Twitter Chat #BACCNConf2017

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Thank you to all those that've tweeted about #BACCNConf2017. It's fantastic to see so many of you embracing social media to engage, discuss and share your experiences with each other!!  Please find my storify version of all things #BACCNConf2017 related. Remember you can use this as part of your NMC revalidation!!


View the Storify using this link - storify

BACCN Twitter Chat will return on the 2nd of October between 7-8pm when we'll be discussing: Recognise and Respond #RandR - more information to follow soon. 

@karin_gerber on behalf of @BACCNUK 


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NICE Update - August 2017

Posted by Administrator on August 11, 2017

NICE have published a Medtech innovation briefing [MIB117] in Aug 2017

Biopatch is a hydrophilic foam dressing impregnated with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), and is used for covering central venous or arterial catheter sites.

Further information can be obtained at



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NICE Adoption support for SecurAcath for securing percutaneous catheters

NICE published in June 2017 the case for adopting SecurAcath for securing peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) as it was supported by the evidence. SecurAcath is easy to insert, well tolerated, associated with a low incidence of catheter-related complications and does not usually need removing while the catheter is in place. SecurAcath should be considered for any PICC with an anticipated medium- to long-term dwell time (15 days or more). There are many benefits including:

  • reducing catheter dislodgement and migration rates
  • reducing other catheter complications such as:

              - deep vein thromboses, because better securement prevents ‘pistoning’ of the                               catheter       
             - site infection, because SecurAcath allows for 360° cleaning of the site

  • releasing clinician and possible clinic time by reducing the need to replace migrated venous catheters
  • reducing equipment costs associated with replacing migrated and dislodged venous catheters
  • reducing patient anxiety associated with risk of catheter dislodgement
  • improving patient experience by minimising skin damage, particularly during dressing changes
  • reducing staff anxiety associated with risk of venous catheter dislodgement during dressing changes.

For further information please go to and

BACCN National Board 


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