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Free and simple - antibiotic approval codes

Microbiology and infectious disease and pharmacy department, Royal Perth Hospital, East Metropolitan Health Health Service

A code system developed at Royal Perth Hospital has increased the number of patients on restricted antimicrobials by more than 50 per cent to almost 1000 patients per year.

Specialist clinicians developed codes that fall into line with national guidelines on how restricted antimicrobials can be prescribed.

In the two years since implementation the system has improved transparency of the approval process significantly.

Oral liquid opioids - from bottles to unit dose pods

Fiona Stanley Hospital pharmacy department, Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital group, South Metropolitan Health Service

The Pharmacy Department at Fiona Stanley Hospital has developed a pod system for dispensing liquid opioids. The system eliminates inconsistencies and guarantees product quality.

Strict measuring requirements of the poisons legislation makes oral opioid liquids difficult to manage in wards and natural measurement losses can result in discrepancies.

The pod system supplies a typical dose of an opioid, and guarantees quality, while reducing time spent checking inventory investigating discrepancies.

PathWest SMART sepsis

Fiona Stanley Hospital PathWest SMART sepsis (phase 1), Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital group, South Metropolitan Health Service

The PathWest SMART Sepsis project improves the management of patients with life-threatening infection.

Quality microbiology testing led to the project's success, with solutions implemented for suboptimal use of blood, midstream urine and swab cultures.

Early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening infections has been noticed through this clinician-led collaborative.

This low-cost initiative demonstrates the potential of multidisciplinary collaborations to reduce costs and improve patient care.

Rapid access for patient's imminent delivery

RAPID project team, Rockingham General Hospital, South Metropolitan Health Service

Rockingham General Hospital has developed a set of processes to reduce the time it takes to deliver emergency caesarean sections and improve patient outcomes.

The new processes have improved Decision to Delivery Intervals for emergency caesarean sections.

The new processes meet the 60 minute Category 1 and 75 minute Category 2 Decision to Delivery Interval guidelines for emergency caesarean sections improving patient outcomes.