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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469912/increasing-patient-safety-event-reporting-in-an-emergency-medicine-residency
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469906/improving-access-for-urgent-patients-in-paediatric-neurology
#7
Khalid Mohamed, Basema Al Houri, Khalid Ibrahim, Abdulhafeez M Khair
Referral and flow management is an important part of outpatient care; some patients require to be seen earlier than the next available appointment because of the nature of their presentation. We did not have a clear pathway for urgent patients being referred to our pediatric neurology service. When we reviewed this process in our Quality Improvement meeting we identified wide variation in the length of time such patients wait to be seen in clinic ranging from 2 to 11 weeks. Only 25% of patients identified as requiring urgent clinic appointments were seen in clinic within 2 weeks of triage...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469905/switch-al-wakra-hospital-journey-to-90-hand-hygiene-practice-compliance-2011-2015
#8
Feah Altura- Visan, Almunzer Zakaria, Jenalyn Castro, Omar Alhasanat, Khalil Al Ismail, Naser Al Ansari, Manal Hamed
Hand Hygiene is the cheapest and simplest way to prevent the spread of infection, however international compliance is below than 40% (WHO, 2009). In the experience of Al Wakra Hospital, the improvement in hand hygiene compliance highlighted not just interventions towards training and education but also behavioral motivation and physical allocations of hand hygiene appliances and equipment. Through motivating the behavioral, emotional, physical and intellectual dimensions of the different healthcare worker professions, hand hygiene compliance has increased from 60...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469904/introducing-a-new-junior-doctor-electronic-weekend-handover-on-an-orthopaedic-ward
#9
Siddharth Maroo, Dipak Raj
Junior Doctors working on the Orthopaedic wards at a district general hospital identified the lack of a formal weekend handover. The Royal Colleges,GMC and Foundation Programme curriculum all emphasise the importance of a safe and effective handover. Doctors found that the current system of using a written, paper-based handover was unreliable, un-legible, and inefficient. Baseline measurements were sought in the form of a questionnaire which allowed us to obtain the limitations to the current handover. After this and a focus group, a new electronic, 'Microsoft Word' based handover was created and a repeat surgery issued in 2 weeks...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469903/transitional-care-management-in-the-outpatient-setting
#10
Analiza Baldonado, Ofelia Hawk, Thomas Ormiston, Danielle Nelson
Patients who are high risk high cost (HRHC), those with severe or multiple medical issues, and the chronically ill elderly are major drivers of rising health care costs.1 The HRHC patients with complex health conditions and functional limitations may likely go to emergency rooms and hospitals, need more supportive services, and use long-term care facilities.2 As a result, these patient populations are vulnerable to fragmented care and "falling through the cracks".2 A large county health and hospital system in California, USA introduced evidence-based interventions in accordance with the Triple AIM3 focused on patient-centered health care, prevention, health maintenance, and safe transitions across the care continuum...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469902/reducing-returns-to-theatre-for-neck-of-femur-fracture-patients
#11
Selina Graham, Mark Dahill, Derek Robinson
The Royal United Hospital, Bath, admits approximately 550 patients with neck of femur fractures per year. The risks from returning to theatre for this patient group are often life-threatening. Post-operative wound ooze was noted to cause a significant rate of return to theatre, with increased lengths of stay and patient morbidity. A wound closure protocol was agreed by the consultant body. This information was disseminated by email and teaching sessions to all members of the multidisciplinary team, including surgeons, theatre staff and ortho-geriatricians...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469901/use-of-electronic-clinical-decision-support-and-hard-stops-to-decrease-unnecessary-thyroid-function-testing
#12
Sonia Dalal, Siddharth Bhesania, Steven Silber, Parag Mehta
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital embarked on a Zero Unnecessary Study (ZEUS) initiative, whereby all aspects of clinical care were evaluated and strategies were implemented to mitigate waste. An opportunity was found in regards to thyroid function testing. It has been shown that certain TFTs are ordered far more often than clinically indicated. Free T3 (fT3) and Free T4 (fT4) are only indicated when the TSH is abnormal in the inpatient setting, with rare exceptions. Thus, a clinical algorithm for Clinical Decision Support (CDS) and Hard Stops (HS) were incorporated into the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to prevent fT3 or fT4 to be ordered without an abnormal TSH, with certain predefined exceptions...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469900/a-unified-electronic-tool-for-cpr-and-emergency-treatment-escalation-plans-improves-communication-and-early-collaborative-decision-making-for-acute-hospital-admissions
#13
Mae Johnson, Martin Whyte, Robert Loveridge, Richard Yorke, Shairana Naleem
The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcomes and Death (NCEPOD) report 'Time to Intervene' (2012) stated that in a substantial number of cases, resuscitation is attempted when it was thought a 'do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation' (DNACPR) decision should have been in place. Early decisions about CPR status and advance planning about limits of care now form part of national recommendations by the UK Resuscitation Council (2016). Treatment escalation plans (TEP) document what level of treatment intervention would be appropriate if a patient were to become acutely unwell and were not previously formally in place at King's College Hospital...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469899/reducing-central-venous-catheter-use-in-peripheral-blood-stem-cell-donation-quality-improvement-report
#14
Samer Ghazi, Ahmed Alaskar, Mohsen Alzahrani, Moussab Damlaj, Khadega A Abuelgasim, Giamal Gmati, Mona Alshami, Salman Alshammary, Khaled Al-Surimi, Hind Salama, Ayman Alhejazi, Abdul-Rahman Jazieh
Peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection from donors through apheresis has become the main source of stem cells for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. This procedure requires a high blood flow venous access. A peripheral venous catheter (PVC), compared to a central venous catheter (CVC), is considered to provide safer venous access. However, initially at our institution, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City - Riyadh, a CVC was frequently used (72%). A quality improvement multidisciplinary team has been formed to conduct a systematic quality performance analysis to evaluate the current process of collecting donor PBSCs with the aim to reduce CVC use to less than the international benchmark (20%)...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469898/the-value-of-a-surgical-assessment-unit-ultrasound-facility
#15
Wesley Lai, Catherine Gutteridge, Alicia Regan, Anthony Lambert
Ultrasound scan (USS) is a common and important mode of investigation for emergency surgical admissions. Delay in investigation often leads to delayed diagnosis and treatment, and possible extended length of stay (LOS), which has clinical, cost and service provision implications. We aim to investigate the clinical impact on patient care and the cost-effectiveness of a pilot Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU) USS facility. We performed a retrospective data collection on 100 consecutive SAU inpatients who had an USS investigation on the ward since the introduction of the facility, matched by 100 consecutive SAU inpatients who had an USS in the radiology department before the pilot study...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469897/using-real-time-anonymous-staff-feedback-to-improve-staff-experience-and-engagement
#16
Anne Frampton, Fiona Fox, Andrew Hollowood, Kate Northstone, Ruta Margelyte, Stephanie Smith-Clarke, Sabi Redwood
Improving staff engagement has become a priority for NHS leaders, although efforts in this area vary between organisations. University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) is a tertiary teaching hospital where concerns about staff satisfaction and communication were reflected in the 2014 staff survey. To improve staff engagement, a real-time feedback mechanism to capture staff experience and to facilitate feedback from local leaders, was developed and piloted using the Model for Improvement. Initially piloted in two areas in January 2015, the Staff Participation Engagement and Communication application (SPEaC-app) was gradually rolled out to 23 areas within the trust by November 2016...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469896/improving-bisphosphonate-infusion-monitoring-at-haematology-medical-day-unit
#17
Michal Wen Sheue Ong, Lydia Jones
This project was started after an incident of bisphosphonate-induced hypocalcaemia in September 2015. As part of management of lytic bone lesions in patients with multiple myeloma were given either Zoledronic Acid or Pamidronate Disodium at our Haematology Day Unit. According to the British National Formulary (BNF), it is necessary to correct disturbances of calcium metabolism (e.g. vitamin D deficiency, hypocalcaemia) and consider dental check-ups before starting bisphosphonate infusion due to the risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469895/elimination-of-emergency-department-medication-errors-due-to-estimated-weights
#18
Mary Greenwalt, David Griffen, Jim Wilkerson
From 7/2014 through 6/2015, 10 emergency department (ED) medication dosing errors were reported through the electronic incident reporting system of an urban academic medical center. Analysis of these medication errors identified inaccurate estimated weight on patients as the root cause. The goal of this project was to reduce weight-based dosing medication errors due to inaccurate estimated weights on patients presenting to the ED. Chart review revealed that 13.8% of estimated weights documented on admitted ED patients varied more than 10% from subsequent actual admission weights recorded...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469894/improving-the-safety-of-chemotherapy-prescribing-in-oncology-through-the-introduction-of-an-assessment-proforma
#19
Paula Scullin, Olivia Devlin, Caroline Forde
Chemotherapy remains a high risk treatment with the potential to cause significant patient morbidity and mortality. In the UK the Manual for Cancer Services: Chemotherapy Measures provides national quality measures for essential elements that should be incorporated and documented in chemotherapy assessments. It was recognised that in the outpatient oncology chemotherapy unit in the Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital, Northern Ireland, that the written records of chemotherapy assessments were sub-optimal. At baseline (December 2015) median completion of chemotherapy assessment documentation was only 63%, based on a scoring system incorporating key assessment parameters from the Manual for Cancer Services and Belfast Trust standards for record keeping...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469893/improving-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infection-rates-in-the-medical-units
#20
Haytham Taha, Salama J Raji, Abeer Khallaf, Seham Abu Hija, Raji Mathew, Hanan Rashed, Christelle Du Plessis, Zaytoen Allie, Samer Ellahham
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi is the main tertiary care referral hospital in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 560 bed capacity with a high occupancy rate. SKMC senior management has made a commitment to make quality and patient safety a top priority. Preventing health care associated infections, including Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI), is a high priority for our hospital. In order to improve CAUTI rates a multidisciplinary task force team was formed and led this performance improvement project...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
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