Friday, 6 March 2015

Improving venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in acute urological admissions

"The aim of our quality improvement programme (QIP) was to monitor our practice regarding VTE prophylaxis of the patients' admitted urgently in our department, and then implement a measure to increase compliance if found to be poor."

Improving venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in acute urological admissions during out of hours through the introduction of a urological admission proforma

E Gerakopoulos
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2015;4: doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u206418.w2677

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A novel approach to improving coagulation sample ordering in an emergency department

"Through a simple change in longstanding clinical practice, we were able to reduce the number of unnecessary coagulation samples sent from the emergency department."

A novel approach to improving coagulation sample ordering in an emergency department
E Murphy, S MacGlone, C McGroarty
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2015;4: doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u204785.w2857

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Use of a validated screening tool for psoriatic arthritis in dermatology clinics

"We wanted to implement a robust system of screening for PA [psoriatic arthritis] in both psoriasis and general dermatology clinics in accordance with NICE guidelines which would be sustainable and reduce potential missed cases of the disease."

Use of a validated screening tool for psoriatic arthritis in dermatology clinics

B Ganatra, D Manoharan, V Akhras
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2015;4: doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u203335.w2644

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Promoting vision and hearing aids use in an intensive care unit

"Vision and hearing impairments have long been recognised as modifiable risk factors for delirium.[1,2,3] Delirium in critically ill patients is a frequent complication (reported as high as 60% to 80% of intensive care patients), and is associated with a three-fold increase in mortality and prolonged hospital stay."

Promoting vision and hearing aids use in an intensive care unit
Q Zhou, N Faure Walker
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2015;4: doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u206276.w2702

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Improving the management of acute pancreatitis in a district general hospital

"The aim of this quality improvement project was to investigate and improve the initial management of acute pancreatitis in patients presenting to the Great Western Hospital "

Improving the management of acute pancreatitis in a district general hospital
N Crowther, M Kahvo, P Chana
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2015;4: doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u206577.w2642

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Patient handover in orthopaedics, improving safety using Information Technology

"Following the merger of two orthopaedic departments into a single service in a new hospital, it was felt that a number of safety issues within the handover process needed to be addressed. This quality improvement project addressed these issues through the creation and implementation of a new patient database which spanned the department, allowing trouble free, safe, and comprehensive handover."

Patient handover in orthopaedics, improving safety using Information Technology
T Pearkes
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2015;4: doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u207329.w2939

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Ceiling of care decisions at an older person's mental health unit

"The issue was that decisions around ceilings of care for patients were often not discussed or at least recorded in the electronic notes and as a result when reviewing deteriorating patients out of hours trainees would find themselves without any guidance on the treating medics opinion on what was in the best interests of the patient."

Ceiling of care decisions at an older person's mental health unit in Gloucestershire
P Slack, A Rose
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2015;4: doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u207618.w3050

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