Acute Kidney Injury
Dr Niall Leonard and staff from the Renal Unit, Ulster Hospital promoting the Acute Kidney Injury checklist as part of World Kidney Day 2013.
Dr Niall Leonard, Consultant Nephrologist at the Ulster Hospital was a mentor for the 2012 Leading in Safety, Quality and Experience Programme in South Eastern HSC Trust. Through this programme Dr Leonard’s team developed a checklist to aid the recognition and management of patients with Acute Kidney Injury in two Surgical Wards. This work has now spread across all Surgery Wards and is in the process of spreading to Medicine. Next steps are to work with Primary Care leads to adapt and develop a similar checklist for the community setting. Dr Leonard will be presenting a poster of his work at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2013 in London.
Please click on the link to view the Acute Kidney Injury poster.pdf
Patient safety training programme a success
Friday, 7 December 2012
A unique cross border patient safety training programme brought together 27 senior managers and clinicians from hospitals and services on both sides of the border, to focus on best practice in patient safety and how it can be applied in local health facilities. To read teh full press release please click here.
Improving the Early Identification Management and Outcomes of Sepsis
In Partnership with the UK Sepsis Trust - Saving Lives
Thursday, 18 April 2013, London
Held in partnership with The UK Sepsis Trust and chaired by Dr Ron Daniels Chair The UK Sepsis Trust and Consultant in Intensive Care Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, this conference focuses on saving lives through improving the early identification, management and outcomes of Sepsis. Sepsis is a common condition with a major impact on healthcare resources and expenditure. Fast and appropriate recognition and response to symptoms is vital but not nearly common enough.
For further information visit http://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/surviving-sepsis-conference-training-nhs or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism: A Key Patient Safety Priority
Prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) is an important part of our strategy to improve patient safety.
The Northern Ireland HSC Safety Forum established and facilitated a regional collaborative which developed a single VTE Risk Assessment Tool for N.Ireland.
In a letter issued in July 2011, the CMO commended the use of this assessment tool across the region. This should ensure that every adult patient has a documented VTE risk assessment on admission to hospital which reflects guidance from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (clinical guideline CG92).
It is hoped that this unified approach to VTE risk assessment will also improve and streamline the training of medical and nursing staff and reduce the need for re-training if they move their place of employment.
This can also be viewed under the publication section.
New structures at HSC Safety Forum
In September 2010, the HSC Safety Forum became part of the PHA. This provides enhanced opportunities to advance safety and quality within the Health and Social Care system.
In February 2011, Dr Gavin Lavery was appointed the new Clinical Director of the HSC Safety Forum. Dr Jackie McCall was appointed to the post of Clinical Lead. The operational framework of the forum has been redrawn to enhance its effectiveness and responsiveness. The HSC Safety Forum intends to re-engineer and re-energise its relationship with the Health and Social Care Trusts (HSCTs), patients, clients and the general public. It also plans to engage with primary care and community-based services to facilitate work on safety and quality improvement.