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Purpose – To establish the reasons for surgical cancellations in a urology department and to provide suggestions for their reduction. Design/methodology/approach – Data for all patients who were cancelled between September 2004 and February 2005 were collected to determine the reasons for...
Purpose – In the context of changes in the priority given to ensuring that health care is evidence‐based, and that service quality should be maximised, there is a new emphasis on quality improvement programmes in the UK National Health Service (NHS). It is not clear how far these programmes...
Purpose – Seeks to assess whether referrals for immunisation as day cases are appropriate and to identify any adverse events following hospital‐based immunisation. Design/methodology/approach – Computerised consent forms and the ward registers were used to generate a list of children...
Purpose – To assess pregnancy‐related care and outcomes for women with pre‐gestational, Type 1 diabetes. Design/methodology/approach – The study was a prospective, population‐based, clinical audit in Scotland. A total of 273 and 179 pregnancies in two 12‐month audit periods (during...
Purpose – To audit all the clinical audits conducted by the anaesthetic department at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, from August 2004 to July 2005 against recommendations published in the paper “Improving the reporting of clinical audits in the NHS”....
Purpose – Seeks to explore conceptual approaches and training paradigms that are necessary to counter new challenges in the face of new concepts and tools to assess and mitigate threats to patient safety, while enhancing quality of care. Design/methodology/approach – Interdisciplinary...
Purpose – The purpose of this article is to assess important recent guidelines on resuscitation, published in December 2005. Design/methodology/approach – The guidelines are put into the context of other attempts to standardise CPR practice. An analysis of recent claims and complaints handled...
Purpose – To ensure that paediatric surgery patients receive appropriate intravenous fluids post‐operatively. Design/methodology/approach – Retrospective case‐series study of paediatric patients undergoing major abdominal surgery, comparing fluids received with a target regimen and noting...
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