Quality Account documents quality improvements at Lakes DHB
24/11/2017 9:08:01 a.m.

Friday 24 November 2017

Quality Account documents quality improvements at Lakes DHB

Lakes District Health Board has published its fifth Quality Account, detailing examples of quality initiatives in the year ended 30 June 2017.

Chief Executive Ron Dunham says quality health services and the safety of hospital patients, staff and health service users in the community are top priorities for Lakes DHB.

The Quality Account highlights a range of quality initiatives which are helping to improve patient safety, clinical effectiveness and innovation, the patient experience and integrated healthcare.

“The studies in the document demonstrate a passion and commitment by health professionals and teams across the Lakes DHB region to make a difference for our patients and the health of our population,” said Ron Dunham.

This year, the Quality Account includes:
• Several award winning initiatives by DHB midwives, one about a project to update the emergency treatment box for cases of inverted (‘inside out’) uterus and another about the creation of a guideline, referral system and training to ensure staff know how to diagnose and refer babies with cleft lip and/or palate.

• Several clinical pharmacy initiatives, relating to activities on hospital wards, and a programme of audit, education and administration of PRN medicines in the Mental Health Inpatient Unit, Whare Whakaue.

• Several diabetes–related initiatives, one about a target trial to see whether tighter glycaemic targets benefit the health of babies and mothers in gestational diabetes, one termed DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating) for patients with type 1 diabetes, and a third initiative for Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist Fiona Seekup, who has achieved Registered Nurse Prescribing in Diabetes Health status.

• Other mental health initiatives included in the document are a project around a resource and guidelines/framework for frail elderly coming into the inpatient unit, an initiative for a gym for mental health inpatients and a project to introduce an integrated electronic system to manage referrals from GPs to the Mental Health and Addictions Service.

Quality and Risk and Clinical Governance Director Dr Sharon Kletchko says considerable work has gone on in the past year to quality improvement, with a strong focus on embedding a new system of clinical quality governance.

She says the Quality Account demonstrates a chunk of the energy, enthusiasm and passion of the health workforce across the Lakes district.

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