06
Jul 17

3 long term benefits of going dry this July

The 1st of July marks not just the beginning of the new financial year, but the day many will start their month long abstinence from alcohol for Dry July – Australia’s annual campaign to raise money for those affected by cancer. But can these campaigns have an effect on our health outcomes in addition to … Continue reading 3 long term benefits of going dry this July

04
Jul 17

How to measure outcomes that matter to patients

In today’s day and age, thanks to technology, we know a lot of information about our patients before we have even said hello. Typically, when a patient is under our care, we can access their electronic health record and see their past medical history, imaging and pathology results, observations, clinical notes, family history and much … Continue reading How to measure outcomes that matter to patients

03
Jul 17

A recipe for how to make clinical placements work for you – a hospital’s perspective

A successful student placement is a lot like baking a cake. It takes the right ingredients coming together to result in a cake that can be shared by all. For any relationship to work, all effected parties must see the value in it for them. Historically, hospitals have provided clinical placements for undergrad nursing students … Continue reading A recipe for how to make clinical placements work for you – a hospital’s perspective

26
Jun 17

The role of patient information in healthcare program delivery

Large amounts of health data are held at different levels of government and by many organisations across the Australian healthcare system. Consequently, linking different types of information is almost impossible, and our healthcare intervention and prevention programs are suffering as a result. For example, in Australia, healthcare data that is routinely collected is not linked … Continue reading The role of patient information in healthcare program delivery

12
May 17

Identifying the changes in the revised NSQHS Standards

The new version of the NSQHS Standards is now available, and there are several key changes that will have an impact on how you establish and monitor the infection, prevention and control surveillance systems within your health care facility. The first change is the revision of the intent of standard three, to now include effective … Continue reading Identifying the changes in the revised NSQHS Standards

26
Apr 17

Enhancing systems measurement & continuous improvement

Enhancing systems measurement – no this is not about collecting more data! If we are serious about enhancing systems measurement, then I suggest we start by understanding what works well from a systems measurement perspective and what needs enhancing.  Is it the data that needs enhancing, or how we use it? The knowing-doing gap is … Continue reading Enhancing systems measurement & continuous improvement

10
Apr 17

Involving caregivers in discharge of elderly patients linked to 25% reduction in readmissions

Integrating a patient’s family into the hospital discharge process may lead to a 25% reduction in readmissions within 90 days, according to new research. This extends to a 24% reduction in readmission within 180 days. The study, published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, examined 4,361 patients who were 70 years of age, on … Continue reading Involving caregivers in discharge of elderly patients linked to 25% reduction in readmissions

17
Mar 17

Hard wiring a hospital for competitive performance

The facts: The emergency department is the main gateway to the hospital The emergency department typically accounts for: 50% of inpatient admissions 75% of plain radiographs 50% of CT scans and ultrasounds in the entire hospital In addition, as the ‘front door’ to the hospital, the emergency department not only drives flow, but it drives … Continue reading Hard wiring a hospital for competitive performance