Quality statement 5: Driving advice

Quality statement

People who have had a transient loss of consciousness are advised not to drive while they are awaiting specialist assessment.

Rationale

People who have experienced a transient loss of consciousness may be at risk of injuring themselves or others if they lose consciousness again. While they are awaiting specialist assessment, the risk of recurrence is uncertain and so driving should be avoided (see Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's [DVLA] At a glance).

Quality measures

Structure

Evidence of local arrangements to ensure that people who have had a transient loss of consciousness are advised not to drive while they are awaiting specialist assessment.

Data source: Local data collection.

Process

Proportion of people who have had transient loss of consciousness who are advised not to drive whilst awaiting specialist assessment.

Numerator – the number in the denominator who are advised not to drive.

Denominator – the number of people who have had transient loss of consciousness and are awaiting specialist assessment.

Data source: Local data collection.

What the quality statement means for service providers, healthcare professionals and commissioners

Service providers (acute, primary and secondary care) ensure that advice is provided to people who have had a transient loss of consciousness to not to drive while they are awaiting specialist assessment.

Healthcare professionals advise people who have had a transient loss of consciousness to not to drive while they are awaiting specialist assessment.

Commissioners (NHS England area teams and clinical commissioning groups) work with healthcare professionals to ensure that education (including continuous training programmes) is delivered to advise people who have had a transient loss of consciousness are advised to not to drive while they are awaiting specialist assessment.

What the quality statement means for patients, service users and carers

People who have had a blackout and are waiting to have a specialist assessment are advised not to drive in case they have a blackout while driving.

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