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Transition to a patient centred tissue viability service
Written by Jane Ross October 09, 2009 Hits: 1892
Acute / Hospital Care
Briefly describe what it is
The Trust identified a fundamental flaw in the concept of the Central Treatment Unit (the unit provides tissue viability services within a centralised unit). It was identified that significant waste was encountered transporting patients to the service as opposed to taking the expertise to the patient. The change in the service will improve the utilisation of expertise thus preventing waste and increasing cost and clinical effectiveness. In addition, the service will provide education, training and supervision to ward based staff and ensure appropriate use of high cost dressings.
Were there any key things that you had to do to make it happen?
This change in service has required HR contribution and change management expertise.
Describe (and provide evidence) of the impact on quality of care
It is recognised that transportation of patients around the hospital placed patients at unnecessary risk. In addition, the cancelled procedures that currently occur due to the constraints and waste within the service will be eliminated.
Describe (and provide evidence) of the impact on patient (or staff) experience
It is anticipated that there will be improved knowledge and skills of the ward teams through the changed remit of the TV team to include education and supervision. This will have positive impact on prevention, early assessment and identification of high risk patients and instigation of treatment and interventions.
Describe (and provide evidence) of the impact on reducing cost
This will result in an £85000 PA recurrent saving as a result of workforce changes. This will also allow an alternative use of the facility which is a prime location alongside the main theatre complex enabling service change and development for the elective pathway
Keywords / Tags
Tissue Viability Change management Service redesign