Initiatives by Category

Deteriorating Patient

AMBER Care Bundle

Aim: The AMBER care bundle provides clinical teams a framework to develop a management plan that may include end of life decisions in collaboration with the patient and family for patients whose recovery is uncertain while continuing with treatment in the hope of a recovery.

Benefits: Early identification of people who may have end of life care needs is the foundation of excellent end of life care. If early identification does not occur then appropriate planning, transfer, interventions and communication with the person and their family cannot take place The AMBER care bundle: Provides a tool to help clinicians identify people for whom recovery is uncertain and who may have end of life care needs Simplifies key interventions to support best practice Supports staff to start...

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 25 June 2013|Last updated: 9 November 2015

Between the Flags

Aim: The aim of Between the Flags is to improve early recognition and response to clinical deterioration.

Benefits: The Between the Flags system is designed to protect patients from deteriorating unnoticed and to ensure they receive appropriate care. It is a ‘safety net’ for patients who are cared for in NSW public hospitals and health care facilities.

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 30 October 2013|Last updated: 9 November 2015

Community Update on Patient Safety and Quality

Aim: The Community Update is designed to provide consumers with information on the progress of NSW public hospitals across key areas including: handover, hand hygiene, medication safety, falls, healthcare associated infections, sepsis and incident management. A template of the Community Update is available for Local Health Districts who would like to report on their safety and quality data locally.

Benefits: By engaging the community and partnering with patients, family and carers as team members we can improve quality in health care. The Community Update supports the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 2.7.

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

Service Quality and Communication in Emergency Department Waiting Rooms

Aim: The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) funded research into service quality and communication in emergency department waiting rooms. The research team was comprised of staff from Southern Cross University with applied skills and knowledge in organisational communication, culture, history, structures and operations.

Benefits: The CEC and Southern Cross University are collaborating on developing educational materials to further progress this area in NSW. Sites interested in being pilot sites for this work are encouraged to email the Directorate of Patient Based Care and express interest.

CEC Pre-implementation Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 5 March 2015

Clinical Analytics Initiative

Aim: To extract data from the electronic medical record and work with clinicians in using information to deliver quality and efficiency initiatives, and research the future needs for clinical analytics.

Benefits: Enable clinician led improved quality, safety and efficiency initiatives using data from the electronic medical record; Increase clinician engagement with information from the electronic medical record.

CEC Pre-implementation Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 2 June 2014

Blood and Marrow Transplant Environmental Cleaning (BMTEC) Project

Aim: To measure level of cleanliness provided in NSW BMT program. Establish baseline level of environmental cleanliness informed by three external environmental cleaning audits per facility. To ascertain the methods by which units are cleaned (e.g. frequency and process), resourcing, training, and education of environmental service personnel and clinical governance; To pilot and validate the CEC NSW environmental cleaning audit tool against an established standard; To inform quality improvements in environmental cleaning standards in BMT/Haematology units (an extreme-risk functional area). Monitor...

Benefits: With the support of the BMT Network Council and ACI, the BMTEC project provides the following benefits: (i) Enhanced compliance with the Environmental Cleaning Policy NSW (PD2012_061, Nov 2012). Authored by the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), this policy was released as a policy directive by the NSW Ministry of Health in November 2012 (1). The categorisation of risk in the Policy provides a basis for recommendations of frequency and minimum cleaning standards for each functional area.Additionally, the policy outlines measures...

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 5 August 2016

NSW Pain Clinic Referral Form and Process

Aim: To provide a consistent method when making a referral from primary care to a tertiary pain service, irrespective of where the service is located.

Benefits: All services will have the same triage criteria and process for accepting patients from primary care.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 7 November 2013|Last updated: 17 November 2014

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

REACH (Patient and Family Activated Escalation)

Aim: REACH empowers patients and families to escalate care if they are concerned about the condition of the patient by first encouraging engagement with the treating clinicians at the bedside.

Benefits: Evidence suggests there is improved patient and family experience, decreased mortality and improved operational outcomes. The REACH process aligns with the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, Standard 9.9: Enabling patients, families and carers to initiate an escalation of care response.

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

Pressure Injury Prevention Project

Aim: To foster best practice in the prevention and management of pressure injuries within NSW health facilities.

Benefits: Enhance patient safety by promoting pressure injury prevention and management among health care professionals and patients, in line with the Pan Pacific Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury 2012 as evidence based practice.Support local health districts (LHDs) and Networks to meet the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards - Standard 8, Preventing and Managing Pressure Injury.

CEC Pre-implementation Added: 7 November 2013|Last updated: 2 June 2014

The Health Literacy Guide

Aim: The Health Literacy Guide has been developed to assist health services by providing practical strategies to address health literacy barriers for patients. The Guide also assists health services to meet new performance goals and the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

Benefits: By considering approaches to health literacy, health care organisations can benefit by improving safety and quality in health care. Consumers can benefit by accessing health information that is meaningful and relevant to their individual medical needs and navigating the system more easily.

CEC Pre-implementation Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 15 July 2014

NSW Standardised Pain Charts (adult)

Aim: Development and implementation of statewide charts to be used at the bedside when delivering Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA), ketamine infusions and neuraxial opioid administration. To standardise practice and reduce error relating to documentation, monitoring and prescription across NSW.

Benefits: Benefits include improved safety and quality of care for patients.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 7 November 2013|Last updated: 15 December 2014

eChartbook

Aim: The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC)’s eChartbook is an interactive web-based tool providing a curated, accurate and timely view with expert commentary providing an overview of the state of knowledge in relation to quality and safety of health services in NSW. It aims to be a key resource for driving change within the NSW health system. It focuses particularly on CEC’s on Projects and Programs.

Benefits: The eChartbook is designed for use by clinicians, local health district (LHD) health professionals and other interest groups. It also provides information for the public about safety and quality issues and is written in a publicly-accessible style. The eCharbook presents more timely data through the use of dynamic charts, updated in real time

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 18 February 2015|Last updated: 23 March 2015

Palliative and End of Life Care: A Blueprint for Improvement

Aim: The Blueprint aims to guide services and Local Health Districts in constructing their own localised models of care.

Benefits: The Blueprint emphasises the need for an integrated approach to care whereby relationships between specialist palliative care providers and care providers across all settings of care are fostered. It seeks to enhance networks of support, to build skills and competence in providing care to those approaching and reaching the end of their lives and seeks to better support patients, families and carers along the way.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 9 November 2015|Last updated: 22 February 2016

Supervision for Safety

Aim: It is proposed that the Supervision for Safety project address NSW Health system deficiencies related to supervision at the point of clinical care. Specifically related to ensuring patient care plans are appropriate and deterioration in patient condition is escalated to the most appropriate level.

Benefits: The Supervision project aims to ensure the appropriate support is provided to less experienced clinicians.The expected project outcomes include:Supervision of the clinical workforce is built into core work practices; Supervision is structured to allow clinicians to be trained without compromising patient care; Supervision provided by clinicians at the point of care is appropriate for the level of expertise of the clinicians involved; Practices are in place to establish the level of expertise of less experienced staff; Supervision is treated as...

CEC Pre-implementation Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 2 June 2014

The Patient Based Care Challenge and Associated Guide

Aim: The Patient Based Care Challenge and associated provides practical strategies for transforming hospitals and health services for a patient based care focus.

Benefits: Local Health Districts sign up to The Challenge as a long term strategic commitment. The Guide provides practical advice on strategies within The Patient Based Care Challenge. Improving patient care experience is linked to improved clinical and business outcomes, including cost savings.

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

Quality Systems Assessment (QSA)

Aim: The Quality Systems Assessment (QSA) is a clinical risk management program designed to provide clinicians and managers at all levels with information relevant to their local systems for clinical quality and patient safety.

Benefits: The QSA is one vehicle that contributes to resilience in our health system. Working directly with local teams and local priorities, the QSA supports continuous learning and improvement to prevent and reduce patient harm. Through the multi-level self-assessment, reporting and site visits the QSA is able to identify risks and support improvements: Locally – through detailed local data returned directly to local teams Systemically – through aggregation of local data to identify high priority themes for action All effort that...

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 24 January 2014|Last updated: 14 October 2014

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