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Agency for Clinical Innovation and Clinical Excellence Commission Consumer Council
10 April 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) are establishing a joint Consumer Council in 2018.
The purpose is to create a stronger consumer voice for safety, quality and innovation in NSW health across both organisations.

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REACH partner Naomi Day awarded for her commitment to improving healthcare
28 March 2018

We have a proud history of working in partnership with Grant and Naomi Day who have become powerful patient safety advocates and determined supporters of our REACH program, since the tragic death of their young son Kyran in 2013.

In March 2018, Naomi’s endless spirit of co-operation and commitment to making healthcare better was recognised with her winning the Heart of Women award in her local community on the NSW North Coast.

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Prof Oates Honoured in Vietnam
16 March 2018

We were proud of our Director Undergrad Quality and Safety Education Prof Kim Oates who received the For People’s Health Medal from the Vietnamese Government during a special ceremony in Hanoi this March.

Prof Oates is a leader in NSW healthcare and has been sharing his expertise with students and health staff in Vietnam for about a decade.

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Working together to reduce serious harm from falls
28 February 2018

More than 180 clinicians from 42 teams across the NSW health system met in Sydney on 28 February 2018 to reduce serious patient harm from falls in NSW hospitals.

The event was the second of four learning sets for the Falls Collaborative, with the third and fourth sets to run in May and September, respectively.

The main focus for the learning set was on reliability by design, using Quality Improvement Science.

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New electronic tool launched to help reduce VTE risk
19 February 2018

An electronic tool designed to assess a patient’s risk of developing blood clots (also known as Venous Thromboembolism, or VTE) was ‘launched’ at Prince of Wales Hospital on Monday 19 February 2018.

A collaboration between eHealth NSW and the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), the VTE risk assessment package has been designed to support clinicians in identifying, measuring and documenting the VTE risk for adult patients in the inpatient setting.

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Call for Posters - International Forum Melbourne 2018
23 January 2018

We are excited to work with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) to bring the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare to Melbourne this September. Now in its 23rd year, the International Forum showcases internationally recognised keynotes and addresses regional needs, bringing the best of international learning to the APAC region.

Why not showcase your work?

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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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