A patient video, based on airline style safety advice, has been developed by the NHS in an attempt to cut avoidable complications such as blood clots, pressure ulcers and falls.

Based on the concept of safety advice given on an airplane before it takes off, patients will be shown a film and provided with an information card to help them look after themselves during their hospital stay.

The advice focuses on:

  • falls prevention;
  • blood clots;
  • infection prevention;
  • speaking to staff if patients have any problems or questions;
  • medicine safety;
  • pressure ulcer avoidance;
  • correct personal information; and
  • discharge from hospital.

The film was developed by Haelo in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust. The FT, along with Salford Royal, and University College London Hospitals foundation trusts, piloted the video among their patients. It is part of the Sign up to Safety campaign.