The aim of the project was to increase the number of patients returning to a ward post-surgery who receive a serum creatinine measurement within two days of their urological surgery, excluding day cases.
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessment and prophylaxis in acute orthopaedic admissions: improving compliance with national guidelines
The study demonstrated that compliance was initially low, but showed a large improvement following the implementation of simple measures.
Rota changes often induce conflict of interest between maintaining adequate services and high levels of patient care or providing suitable and informed induction programmes for new medical staff. Emphasised education of VTE prophylaxis guidelines has now become part of induction of junior medical staff, whilst ward based measures ensure daily compliance
It was recognised that the Emergency Department was unaware of the latest guidance and demonstrated that it was often over and inadequately investigating suspected deep vein thromboses, unnecessarily using resources and putting patients at risk.
Introducing a chest pain pathway in the emergency department to improve quality of care for patients with possible cardiac chest pain
In this report the authors introduced a history based risk tool as part of a chest pain pathway into the ED for use by medical staff assessing patients presenting with chest pain. The intervention involved a nurse from cardiology engaging with clerical, nursing, and medical staff in the ED to ensure success of this quality improvement project.
This improvement report from the Ulster Hospital, Belfast details a four week educational programme delivered, initially on a pilot ward, to doctors, nurses, nursing assistants and pharmacists. AKI recognition and implementation of the 'ABCDE' checklist were measured.
A comprehensive and practical guide for hospitals and other organisations to undertake quality improvement work to prevent venous thrombo-embolism written by experts in the UK.
It contains driver diagrams, suggested outcome measures, case studies and suggested PDSA cycles.