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22 May 2017

Putting patient safety first

Papworth Hospital has been shortlisted for this year's HSJ Patient Safety Awards in the category of Patient Safety in Surgical Care. For 36 years the HSJ Awards event, has recognised, celebrated and promoted the finest achievements in the NHS, and showcased them to the service’s most influential leaders.

The shortlisting is in recognition of a morbidity monitoring dashboard designed by staff to regularly collate cardiac surgery data. This data focuses on 5 key areas: stroke, renal replacement therapy, bleeding, return to theatre, and emergency laparotomies. 

Through an iterative approach to design, based on trial and error and feedback, the dashboard system enables users to make periodical comparisons, isolate trends, and identify success factors as well as areas needing improved.  

This project is part of a wider ‘sign up to safety’ initiative at Papworth, supporting staff to become more involved in improving the way we work, and ultimately enhancing patient experience and safety. This will also enable further scope for collaborative working with wider health networks through shared knowledge and lessons learned.

Stephen Webb, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, said: "The software provided by Eastern Academic Health Sciences Network has been incredibly enabling. With the wider support of the SU2S and clinical audit team, as well as the numerous consultant surgeons involved in the design, we are proud to introduce this fantastic tool to help us enhance our ways of working and deliver world-leading surgical care to our patients."


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