HEALTHCARE AUDIT SYSTEMS
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Robust leadership in infection prevention and control is essential for effective decision-making, efficient use of resources and ensuring the provision of high quality, safe, effecitve, person-centred care (HIS, 2015)
Every year over 300,000 patients in England acquire a healthcare associated infection whilstin hospital. These infections cost the NHS more than £1 billion a year
Medical Audits quality and safety system includes a complete Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) prevention care bundle that records detailed analysis of each individual patient’s risk of developing DVT and PE. Record compliance with VTE prophylaxis and other interventions implemented to reduce each specific patient’s risk of developing a DVT or PE while in your care.
As with all Medical Audits’ systems, the data is available in real time on the audit devices AND on up to the minute digital dashboards, providing staff with feedback as soon as the audit is completed.
Immediate access to data means immediate interventions can be made to reduce risks identified and take actions to prevent pressure ulcers occurring.
A venous thromboembolism (or blood clot) is a blood clot (thrombus) forming in a vein. It most commonly occurs in the deep veins of the legs; - a DVT or deep vein thrombosis.
This clot can dislodge from its place in the deep veins of the leg, forming what’s called an embolism and travel in the blood towards the heart and lungs. If it reaches the lungs it is known as a PE or Pulmonary embolism (a very serious and often fatal condition)
In the UK, a recent survey found that up to 70% of patients considered to be at moderate of high risk of developing a clot were not provided with any treatment to prevent a clot forming.
Care bundles for preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) group a number of interventions proven to reduce risks of patient developing VTE into a research based bundle of care.
These include carrying out an assessment of patient’s risks for developing a blood clot at admission and then implementing interventions to reduce the risks.
Preventing harm such as the development of blood clots is considered a key performance indicator of nursing care in many organisations and nursing metrics as well as care bundles have been developed to not only monitor the care provided but also to evidence the care given and interventions put in place to reduce risks of VTE.