The Improvement Academy is working with Emergency Department teams across the region to improve patient safety.
During 2020, the Emergency Department work was paused. As the third wave of the pandemic in our region wanes, we will re-invigorate this work, as part of the Managing Deterioration Safety Improvement Programme.
In the pre-pandemic era, we held several educational and network events for emergency department staff. As COVID restrictions have lifted, in association with the Yorkshire & Humber regional board of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, we hosted an ED event in June 2022.
Our ED work was paused at the start of the pandemic. As restrictions are now lifted, please get in touch if there are any areas of work with which we can help.
The Emergency Department Safety Checklist:
This was developed in Bristol. It helps to standardise and improve the delivery of basic care in emergency departments. It has been shown to decrease the number of cases of missed deterioration and increase compliance with safe monitoring and care of patients within departments. Through the Patient Safety Collaborative, we are funded to spread the checklist throughout the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Sciences Network region.
Our experience in Yorkshire and Humber is that departments can not just pick up the ED safety checklist and implement it overnight. We therefore worked with a number of EDs on the barriers and facilitators to improved safety, focusing on:
The Improvement Academy is working with Emergency Departments in 2 trusts to improve reliability of care and improve patient flow. Using the ARCS tools, the departments have defined what safe care should look; measured what they were delivering, and tested changes.
who we are working with