Improving Safety and Quality - SA Health Awards 2019

Winner — SA Pharmacy Medication Profiler Group

SA Pharmacy, CALHN

The SA Pharmacy Medication Profiler was initially developed as an in-house tool by Peter Hill at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It is now a program used across SA Health to improve patient understanding of their medication at discharge. The SA Pharmacy Medication Profiler Group is a team of pharmacists across the state who develop, promote and govern this highly used safety and quality resource to improve patient care in SA.

Finalist — End-of-Life Follow-up Service

Intensive Care Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital / DonateLife, CALHN

A collaborative service between DonateLife SA and critical care to:

  1. Enrol all bereaved families to receive an eight week follow-up phone call. Resulting in 250 families giving informative feedback on the quality of end-of-life care delivered in critical care areas.
  2. Ensuring organ donation is appropriately offered in 100% of situations where it is possible, resulting in a 50% increase in SA donors to a record 48 in 2018/19.

Finalist — LMH Anaesthesia Nursing Department

Department of Anaesthetic Nursing, Lyell McEwin Hospital, NALHN

Transfusion of donated blood is associated with significant risks to patient safety. Mechanisms to preserve patient's own blood are recommended in the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. The Department of Anaesthetic Nursing at Lyell McEwin Hospital has implemented a 24/7 service for Red Blood Cell (RBC) salvage, and in the preceding two years has salvaged RBCs in 881 patients, returning the equivalent of 192 units of packed RBCs. This equates to a saving of $76,800.