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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674612/acute-kidney-injury-improving-the-communication-from-secondary-to-primary-care
#1
Clemency Nye, Suzanna Lake
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common but preventable event in secondary care. It is known to be associated with poorer outcomes for the patient's future health. Patients therefore require specific after-care in the community following an AKI, both in the short and long term. However, information about an inpatient AKI is often not communicated to primary care at discharge. Only 11.0% of discharge summaries contained full information about an AKI (including stage of AKI, changes to medications and follow-up required) in August 2015...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674611/reducing-the-number-of-unnecessary-liver-function-tests-requested-on-the-paediatric-intensive-care-unit
#2
Lynn Sinitsky, Joe Brierley
Between January and October 2014, Great Ormond Street Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) was spending an average £23,392 on blood tests per month. Blood tests should be requested based on previous results and the patient's clinical condition, medication and nutritional status. However, more blood tests were being ordered than clinically indicated: an audit in October 2014 showed liver function tests (LFTs) were requested daily on most patients, even with previous normal results. A driver diagram identified three primary drivers for blood test requesting: decision-making, situational awareness and computer-based ordering...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674610/the-handy-approach-quick-integrated-person-centred-support-preparation
#3
Liliana Risi, Juliette Brown, Paul Sugarhood, Babalal Depala, Abi Olowosoyo, Cynthia Tomu, Lorena Gonzalez, Maloles Munoz-Cobo, Oladimeji Adekunle, Okumu Ogwal, Eirlys Evans, Amar Shah
Cost effective care requires comprehensive person-centred formulation of solutions. The East London NHS Foundation Trust Community Health Services in Newham have piloted models of Integrated Care called 'Virtual Wards' which aim to keep people living with multiple long-term conditions, well at home by minimising system complexity. These Virtual Wards comprise Interdisciplinary Teams (IDTs) with a General Practitioner (GP) seconded to provide leadership. Historically assessments have been dominated by biomedical approaches with disability emphasised over personal aspirations and ability...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674609/reducing-dna-rates-and-increasing-positive-contacts-in-an-outpatient-chronic-fatigue-service
#4
Tumseela Masoud, Amar Shah, Shameem Joomun, Amar Shah
The Chronic Fatigue Service at East London NHS Foundation Trust recognised and coalesced around its major issue of engaging its service users. Using the systematic approach of quality improvement, and the infrastructure provided within East London NHS FT's quality improvement programme, it tested a number of change ideas which saw a significant reduction in non-attendance at appointments, an increase in patient cancellations when they could not attend, and an increase in positive contacts with the service. All these improvements surpassed the initial aims set within the project, and have been sustained over the course of 18 months...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674608/experiences-with-lean-six-sigma-as-improvement-strategy-to-reduce-parenteral-medication-administration-errors-and-associated-potential-risk-of-harm
#5
Afke van de Plas, Mariëlle Slikkerveer, Saskia Hoen, Rick Schrijnemakers, Johanna Driessen, Frank de Vries, Patricia van den Bemt
In this controlled before-after study the effect of improvements, derived from Lean Six Sigma strategy, on parenteral medication administration errors and the potential risk of harm was determined. During baseline measurement, on control versus intervention ward, at least one administration error occurred in 14 (74%) and 6 (46%) administrations with potential risk of harm in 6 (32%) and 1 (8%) administrations. Most administration errors with high potential risk of harm occurred in bolus injections: 8 (57%) versus 2 (67%) bolus injections were injected too fast with a potential risk of harm in 6 (43%) and 1 (33%) bolus injections on control and intervention ward...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607684/a-multifaceted-quality-improvement-programme-to-improve-acute-kidney-injury-care-and-outcomes-in-a-large-teaching-hospital
#6
Leonard Ebah, Prasanna Hanumapura, Deryn Waring, Rachael Challiner, Katharine Hayden, Jill Alexander, Robert Henney, Rachel Royston, Cassian Butterworth, Marc Vincent, Susan Heatley, Ged Terriere, Robert Pearson, Alastair Hutchison
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is now widely recognised as a serious health care issue, occurring in up to 25% of hospital in-patients, often with worsening of outcomes. There have been several reports of substandard care in AKI. This quality improvement (QI) programme aimed to improve AKI care and outcomes in a large teaching hospital. Areas of documented poor AKI care were identified and specific improvement activities implemented through sequential Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles. An electronic alert system (e-alert) for AKI was developed, a Priority Care Checklist (PCC) was tested with the aid of specialist nurses whilst targeted education activities were carried out and data on care processes and outcomes monitored...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607683/improving-bowel-preparation-for-colonoscopy-in-a-cost-effective-manner
#7
Syed Anjum Gardezi, Clare Tibbatts
Colonoscopy is a key investigation used to exclude large bowel pathologies including surveillance for CRC (Colorectal cancer) Poor bowel preparation (bowel prep) is one of the most important factors affecting its diagnostic yield. Different formulations of bowel prep are currently in use depending upon patient tolerance, indication & co-morbidities. In University Hospital Llandough we retrospectively reviewed the outcome of colonoscopies performed over period of 3 months, in relation to the type and outcome of bowel preparations used...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607682/improving-inpatient-care-for-older-adults-implementing-dementia-commissioning-for-quality-and-innovation-cquin
#8
Judith R Harrison
Dementia is a common condition, and people with dementia occupy around 25% of hospital beds. Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) is an NHS payment framework that links part of English healthcare providers' income to quality improvement. The dementia CQUIN goals are designed to encourage the recognition of dementia in hospital. The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, introduced new procedures to meet the dementia CQUIN targets. Adherence to the changes was a problem. This project aimed to improve hospital's implementation strategy...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607681/hydration-stickers-improving-oral-hydration-in-vulnerable-patients
#9
Alysha Bhatti, Javier Ash, Shyam Gokani, Suveer Singh
Dehydration is a growing problem among elderly patients in hospital wards. Incidents such as those raised in the Francis Report highlight a problem that may not have been sufficiently addressed by current schemes. This improvement project aimed to identify the barriers faced by staff in improving oral hydration and to design and implement an effective solution. A 33 patient pilot study carried out at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Trust, United Kingdom, revealed that a significant proportion of patients were reported to be dehydrated on admission, with few having their hydration needs addressed...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607680/increasing-the-uptake-of-electronic-prescribing-in-primary-care
#10
Nazia Imambaccus, Samuel Glace, Rory Heath
Electronic prescribing is a form of paperless prescribing that is reported to reduce prescription mistakes and increases the cost effectiveness of the process. In England, around 1.5 million prescriptions are generated in general practice daily. Thus by reducing costs and increasing efficiency of this system through electronic prescribing, costs can be driven down. In this Quality Improvement project, a GP practice in London with approximately 3000 patients on record was assessed for its electronic prescribing rates throughout 3 intervention cycles over a period of 2 months...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607679/proper-electronic-order-linkage-of-electrocardiograms-at-a-large-children-s-hospital-improves-reporting-and-revenue
#11
David S Spar, Wayne A Mays, David S Cooper, Lucille Sullivan, Terra Hicks, Jeffrey B Anderson
Electrocardiograms (ECGs) are performed to determine an individual's cardiac rhythm. Approximately 25,000 ECGs are performed yearly throughout our hospital system. Historically only 68% of all ECGs were performed with the proper order linked to the electronic ECG reading system (MUSE). Failure to link the orders to the electronic reading system leads to problems in patient safety, reporting and hospital revenue. Our aim was to increase the percentage of linked ECG orders in MUSE compared to total ECGs performed from 68% to 95%...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607678/choosing-wisely-a-quality-improvement-initiative-to-decrease-unnecessary-preoperative-testing
#12
John Matulis, Stephen Liu, John Mecchella, Frederick North, Alison Holmes
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is a rural, academic medical center in the northeastern United States; its General Internal Medicine (GIM) division performs about 900 low and intermediate surgical risk preoperative evaluations annually. Routine preoperative testing in these evaluations is widely considered a low-value service. Our baseline data sample showed unnecessary testing rates of approximately 36%. A multi-disciplinary team used a micro-systems approach to analyze the existing process and formulate a rapid cycle improvement strategy...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607677/design-and-implementation-of-a-trauma-care-bundle-at-a-community-hospital
#13
Ryan Andres, Elan Hahn, Steffen de Kok, Rafi Setrak, Jeffrey Doyle, Allison Brown
The Niagara Health System (NHS) in Ontario, Canada is comprised of three non-designated trauma center (NTC) hospitals which provide primary care to approximately 100 trauma patients annually. NTCs often lack standardized resources such as trauma surgeons, trauma-trained emergency room physicians, Advanced Trauma Life Support certified staff, trauma protocols, and other resources commonly found at designated trauma centers. Studies indicate that these differences contribute to poorer outcomes for trauma patients treated at community hospitals in Ontario, including the NTC hospitals of the NHS...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607676/evaluating-the-quality-improvement-impact-of-the-global-tracheostomy-collaborative-in-four-diverse-nhs-hospitals
#14
Brendan A McGrath, James Lynch, Barbarella Bonvento, Sarah Wallace, Val Poole, Ann Farrell, Cristina Diaz, Sadie Khwaja, David W Roberson
Tracheostomies are predominantly used in Head & Neck Surgery and the critically ill. The needs of these complex patients frequently cross traditional speciality working boundaries and locations and any resulting airway problems can rapidly lead to significant harm. The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC) was formed in 2012 with the aim of bringing together international expertise in tracheostomy care in order to bring about rapid adoption of best practices and to improve the quality and safety of care to this vulnerable group...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469912/increasing-patient-safety-event-reporting-in-an-emergency-medicine-residency
#15
Sven Steen, Cassie Jaeger, Lindsay Price, David Griffen
Patient safety event reporting is an important component for fostering a culture of safety. Our tertiary care hospital utilizes a computerized patient safety event reporting system that has been historically underutilized by residents and faculty, despite encouragement of its use. The objective of this quality project was to increase patient safety event reporting within our Emergency Medicine residency program. Knowledge of event reporting was evaluated with a survey. Eighteen residents and five faculty participated in a formal educational session on event reporting followed by feedback every two months on events reported and actions taken...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469911/improving-antimicrobial-prescribing-practice-for-sore-throat-symptoms-in-a-general-practice-setting
#16
Mohammad Razai, Kamal Hussain
Acute sore throat is a common presentation in primary care settings. We aimed to improve our compliance with national antibiotic guidelines for sore throat symptoms to 90% in 3 months' time period. The national guidelines are based on Centor criteria. A retrospective audit of 102 patient records with sore throat symptoms presenting between 1 January to 30 December 2015 showed that over 50% were given antibiotics. Those who were prescribed antibiotics, 27% did not meet NICE criteria and 85% of patients were given immediate antibiotic prescription...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469910/increasing-organ-donor-registration-in-a-primary-care-clinic
#17
Navneet Natt, Erin Klar, Ingrid Cheung, Pavan Matharu, Risa Bordman
Only 30% of Ontarians are registered organ donors in spite of the vast unmet need for organ donations in Ontario, Canada. The purpose of this quality improvement (QI) initiative was to increase the number of registered organ donors in a primary care practice by providing an educational fact sheet and registration form to patients in the clinic's waiting room. Three Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles were conducted. In the first PDSA cycle, we created an information sheet to explain the need for organ donors and the registration process...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469909/gout-in-primary-care-can-we-improve-patient-outcomes
#18
Jacqueline Callear, Georgina Blakey, Alexandra Callear, Linda Sloan
In the United Kingdom, gout represents one of the most common inflammatory arthropathies predominantly managed in the primary care setting. Gout is a red flag indicator for cardiovascular disease and comorbidity. Despite this, there are no incentivised treatment protocols and suboptimal management in the primary care setting is common. A computer based retrospective search at a large inner city GP practice between January 2014-December 2014 inclusive, identified 115 patients with gout. Baseline measurements revealed multiple gout related consultations, poor medication compliance, high uric acid levels and deficiencies in uric acid monitoring...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469908/measuring-and-improving-cervical-breast-and-colorectal-cancer-screening-rates-in-a-multi-site-urban-practice-in-toronto-canada
#19
Joshua Feldman, Sam Davie, Tara Kiran
Our Family Health Team is located in Toronto, Canada and provides care to over 35 000 patients. Like many practices in Canada, we took an opportunistic approach to cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer screening. We wanted to shift to a proactive, population-based approach but were unable to systematically identify patients overdue for screening or calculate baseline screening rates. Our initiative had two goals: (1) to develop a method for systematically identifying patients eligible for screening and whether they were overdue and (2) to increase screening rates for cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469907/reducing-unnecessary-coagulation-testing-in-the-emergency-department-reduced
#20
Michael Fralick, Lisa K Hicks, Hina Chaudhry, Nicola Goldberg, Alun Ackery, Rosane Nisenbaum, Michelle Sholzberg
The PT/INR (prothrombin time/international normalized ratio) and aPTT (activated partial thromboplastin time) were tests developed in the early 20th century for specific and unique indications. Despite this, they are often ordered together routinely. The objective of this study was to determine if a multimodal intervention could reduce PT/INR and aPTT testing in the emergency department (ED). This was a prospective multi-pronged quality improvement study at St. Michael's Hospital. The initiative involved stakeholder engagement, uncoupling of PT/INR and aPTT testing, teaching, and most importantly a revision to the ED order panels...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
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