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Extending our REACH
Extending our REACH
24 August 2017

The NSW Clinical Excellence Commission is urging more NSW hospitals to embed its REACH program across their adult, paediatric and mental health units as the program officially extends its early work and aims to become a key patient safety tool across the state’s hospitals.

REACH stands for: Recognise Engage Act Call Help is on its Way. REACH is a rapid response program that encourages patients and families to phone for urgent medical review if they feel a patient’s condition is deteriorating and clinical staff are not responding.

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HAI - Healthcare Associated Infections
Researching and identifying healthcare infections
20 June 2017

The Clinical Excellence Commission is partnering with other health organisations to develop a statewide network for rapid detection of healthcare associated infection outbreaks.

The research will be led by Chief Investigators Dr Matthew O’Sullivan, Western Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health Pathology, and Joe-Anne Bendall, Clinical Excellence Commission.

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HARC scholar Amy Bisson from the CEC will study multi-drug resistant organisms.
HARC Scholar Sets Sights on Improving Response to Superbugs
5 June 2017

Healthcare Associated Infections project officer Amy Bisson is set to investigate ways to co-ordinate planned responses to multi-drug resistant organisms for NSW patients after being named a 2017 HARC Scholar by the Sax Institute.

Amy has an interest in the emerging threat posed by prominent super-bug carbapenemase-producing Enterobaceriaceae (CPE) which is posing huge challenges internationally.

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Clinical Decision Support Trial in NSW - 2016-17
Clinical Decision Support Trial in NSW 2016 - 2018
1 March 2017

The Pilot of a Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tool, called OrderWise™, developed by Canadian company MedCurrent is underway at Liverpool and Royal North Shore hospitals and will run throughout 2016-18, with support from the CEC and the NSW Ministry of Health.

The CDS tool is built into the CERNER platform and is combined with the UK Royal College of Radiologists’ evidence-based referral guidelines (iRefer) to address appropriate imaging for many patient presentations.

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Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program
CEC learning content recognised internationally
8 September 2016

Two learning and development programs, for which CEC was a major contributor, have been recognised through the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program.

Awarded to the Health Education Training Institute, End of Life Conversations took out the Gold Award for Best use of Blended Learning, and the Central Venous Access Devices training was awarded Silver in the Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development category.

The Excellence Awards recognise organisations that have successfully deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools that have achieved measurable results. The program attracts entrants from leading corporations around the world, as well as mid-market and smaller firms.

SEPSIS KILLS: simple treatment saves lives - 25 January 2016
SEPSIS KILLS: simple treatment saves lives
25 January 2016

New research out in the Medical Journal of Australia shows NSW emergency departments have been able to improve how they identify and treat patients with sepsis with the Clinical Excellence Commission's SEPSIS KILLS program.

Sepsis is a medical emergency and the research shows simple, early treatment saves lives.

The paper's authors wrote the number of patients receiving antibiotics in the first 60 minutes had risen from 29.3% in 2009-11 to 52.2% in 2013. Each year about 6000 NSW patients are hospitalised with sepsis and since the introduction of SEPSIS KILLS about 150 lives are saved each year through the care improvements.
Read more: MJAMJA InSight

Hand Hygiene focus in SMH – 15 January 2016
Hand Hygiene focus in SMH
15 January 2016

Hand hygiene is one of the most important things health workers can do to protect their patients from infection but if you were a patient in hospital would you ask a health professional if they’d cleaned their hands?

In this edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, our clinical advisor Prof Kim Oates provides comment and says asking health professionals if they have cleaned their hands is not only okay but also a good start for any patient looking to protect themselves from the risk of infection.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-question-every-patient-should-ask-their-doctor-20160112-gm4mgt.html

Orange Health Service 4AMU in implementing In Safe Hands
Orange Health Service implementing In Safe Hands
7 November 2012

Dr Charles Pain, Director, Health Systems Performance, Dr Gabriel Shannon, General Physician, Orange Health Service and Dr Jason Stein, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, USA were interviewed by Angela Owens from ABC Central West. The interview focused on the work done at Orange Health Service 4AMU in implementing In Safe Hands and the use of Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds to improve teamwork and communication between clinicians.

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