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Intensive Care

Pleural Drains in Adults - Consensus Guidelines

Aim: Improve the standard of clinical practice in the insertion, management, trouble shooting and removal of pleural drains in adults within NSW hospitals.

Benefits: Improve patient experience and outcomes. Increase awareness of ‘good’ practice in relation to pleural drains. Support managers and clinicians to implement processes that will reduce the risks associated with pleural drains.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 15 January 2016

Quality Use of Antimicrobials in Healthcare (QUAH) Program

Aim: To optimise antimicrobial use in NSW public health facilities by raising awareness of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) principles and providing guidance in the implementation of structures and processes to support quality use of antimicrobials.

Benefits: By supporting AMS activities, the QUAH Program contributes to a range of proven benefits associated with optimised use of antimicrobials, including: A reduction in inappropriate use of antimicrobials and more considered selection of antimicrobial therapy when appropriate; Improved patient care outcomes both in the individual patient and in the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections; Reduced risk of adverse consequences associated with inappropriate antimicrobial use such as antimicrobial resistance, adverse events and unnecessary costs.

CEC Pre-implementation Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 9 November 2015

SEPSIS KILLS Program

Aim: To improve the recognition and treatment of sepsis and septic shock in NSW healthcare facilities and to reduce their impact, mortality and financial costs.

Benefits: Successful implementation of the SEPSIS KILLS program is providing significant benefits at both clinical and system levels, including: more timely, standardised and effective detection and management of sepsis; reduced mortality, morbidity and bed-stays from sepsis-related conditions; enhanced clinician skills in sepsis recognition and management; enhanced networking opportunities across the system for clinicians and service teams; improved quality and safety of care; a better and safer patient experience.

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 5 February 2015

Care of Adult Patients in Acute Care Facilities with a Tracheostomy

Aim: To improve the safety and quality of care provided to adult patients with a tracheostomy in NSW hospitals.

Benefits: Reduce number of, and severity of adverse events in adults with tracheostomy Improve patient experience and outcomes Improve staff experience in caring for patients with a tracheostomy Reduce length of stay

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 28 October 2013|Last updated: 26 June 2015

Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) Guidelines for Adult Patients with Acute Respiratory Failure

Aim: Provide clinicians in critical care areas and specialist respiratory care units with best practice guidance regarding the provision of NIV for appropriately selected patients detailing clinical assessment, NIV therapy management and patient care. Ensure safe and effective NIV is provided to patients and they are managed in the appropriate clinical settings in NSW hospitals.

Benefits: Improve patient experience and outcomes Reduced need for invasive ventilation, prolonged mechanical ventilation and tracheostomy Reduce length of stay

ACI Pre-implementation Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 26 June 2015

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI)

Aim: Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) are infections acquired in healthcare facilities and infections that occur as a result of healthcare interventions and which may manifest after people leave the healthcare facility. Prevention of HAIs and the transmission of multi-resistant organisms (MROs) are key patient safety and clinical quality initiatives for NSW Health. The HAI program at the CEC aims to reduce the risk of acquiring a HAI during care delivery in NSW health facilities. The program enables NSW Local Health Districts...

Benefits: Improved health outcomes for patients (reduced morbidity and mortality); Reduced risk of HAI transmission to patients, visitors and staff; Standardised approach to HAI prevention and control.

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 9 April 2015

Hand Hygiene

Aim: Through sustained improvement in hand hygiene by healthcare staff reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections.

Benefits: Improved health outcomes for patients (reduced morbidity and mortality); Reduced risk transmission of pathogenic organisms to patients, visitors and staff.

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 2 June 2014

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