26 September 2023

Adelaide health plans in the highlight

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The Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) has unveiled how a range of programs and initiatives had strengthened its safety and quality systems in 2020-21.

Unveiling its World-class care snapshot, CALHN said the measures strengthened the Network’s safety and quality systems and ensured Central Adelaide patients received safe, effective and connected care.

CALHN said a program to prevent at-risk patients from experiencing falls while in hospital, a trial to lower bloodstream infections caused by intravenous catheters and staff-designed workbooks for South Australian prisoners to combat depression and anxiety were among a number of improvements recently implemented across the Network.

“Many of these initiatives are detailed in CALHN’s World-class care snapshot, to inform patients and the community about how the Network’s dedicated and skilled staff utilised opportunities to deliver organisation-wide improvements, between July 2020 and December 2021,” it said.

Clinical Governance Executive Director at CALHN, Kathryn Zeitz, said the Network’s efforts to embed robust safety and quality systems was recognised in September 2021, when CALHN participated in an organisation-wide accreditation survey.

“One of the most significant achievements during this period was CALHN’s successful accreditation survey performance, resulting in the Network being accredited for a further three years,” Associate Professor Zeitz said.

“Quality improvement activities are essential to improving the delivery of patient care, with the Network recognising that small changes could have a large impact on the outcome and experience for a consumer,” she said.

Associate Professor Zeitz said other safety and quality achievements outlined in the snapshot included CALHN’s new online CARE.IQ audit platform is collecting data to assess what is happening across wards, clinical programs and services and supporting the implementation of improvement strategies and monitoring how they are working.

CALHN’s 30-page World-class care snapshot can be accessed at this PS News link.

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