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: MJA & MJA InSight
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 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.
Click here to listen ~ opens new window.