The Shortfall in Care for adults with Developmental Delays

Adults with developmental disabilities are three times as likely to experience preventable physical injuries whilst in hospital, such as postoperative sepsis, postoperative deep vein thrombosis, adverse drug reactions, pressure ulcers and hospital acquired infections. Shockingly those, particularly at risk, were adults with chromosomal abnormalities. Sadly, they were found to be at around a 14.5% greater risk of dying from either postoperative sepsis or a hospital-acquired infection than those without any developmental disability.

This is the data published by the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Universit├Ąt de Barcelona. They have recently published a paper detailing the prevalence of five avoidable patient safety incidents in English hospitals for adults with developmental disabilities between April 2017 and March 2019.

Unfortunately, their findings also show that for adults with developmental disabilities these statistics for avoidable in-hospital safety incidents and the risk of death was increased by 15%.

They have called for an explicit national policy to identify the underlying factors which were causing harm and stress that more emphasis must be given on how to communicate with adults with development disabilities as well as improving their basic care and delays in diagnosing and treatment.

For more information and a link to the paper please click here