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Improving the surgical consenting process for patients with acute hip fractures: a pilot quality improvement project

Singh, Kirit, Assaf, Ali, Bayley, Morgan and Gillespie, Gordon 2020. Improving the surgical consenting process for patients with acute hip fractures: a pilot quality improvement project. Patient Safety in Surgery 14 , 26. 10.1186/s13037-020-00252-8

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Abstract Background: Consenting patients for trauma procedures following hip fracture is a key stage in the treatment pathway from admission to the operating theatre. Errors in this process can result in delayed procedures which may negatively impact patient recovery. The aim of this project was to identify and reduce errors in our consenting process for patients with capacity. Methods: Consent forms for all adult patients with capacity admitted for surgical repair of traumatic hip fracture were reviewed over a 4-week period. The baseline measurement (n = 24), identified errors in three key process measures: clarity of documentation, failure to record procedure-specific risks and not offering a copy of the consent form to the patient. Pre-printed stickers and targeted teaching were then introduced as quality improvement measures. Their impact was evaluated over subsequent 4-week review of the same patient demographic, with further refinement of these interventions being carried out and re-evaluated for a final cycle. Results: Cycle 1 (n = 26) following targeted teaching demonstrated a reduction in abbreviations from 38 to 20%, while doubling the documentation of discussion of procedure-specific risks from 31 to 72%. More patients were offered a copy of their consent form, rising from 12 to 48%. Cycle 2 (n = 24) saw the introduction of pre-printed “risk of procedure” stickers. Although clarity measures continued to improve, quality of pre-procedure risk documentation remained static while the number of forms being offered to patients fell to 8%. Conclusions: Our project would suggest that while pre-printed stickers can be useful memory aids, specific teaching on consenting produces the greatest benefit. The usage of such tools should therefore be limited, as adjuncts only to specific training. Keywords: Checklists, Control charts/run charts, Reminders, Surgery

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RD Surgery
Publisher: BioMed Central
ISSN: 1754-9493
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 5 June 2020
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2020 16:30

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