Tuesday, 24th April 2018
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University Hospital Waterford wins award for Excellence in Quality Care at HSE Excellence Awards 2017

A nursing team based at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) has received a HSE Award for Excellence in Quality Care 2017 for the development of a nurse-led peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) line insertion service for haematology and oncology patients using 3CG technology.

The project involved the analysis and bench marking of the pre-existing PICC line insertion service in Ireland and Internationally.

The project team then developed a comprehensive business case to support the development of a nurse-led PICC line insertion service, which was approved by the Medical Directorate Leadership Team and Executive Management Board at UHW.

This was followed by the testing of appropriate governance arrangements, protocols, referral pathways, patient pathways, data collection tools and audit process, which in turn led to development of a standard operational procedure.

Patient impact

As a result of this development patients no longer have to wait for extended periods of time to have a PICC line inserted. This in turn decreases the anxiety patients experience while they are waiting to begin chemotherapy treatment. To date, over 80 patients have benefited from this service. PICC lines can be put inserted on the same day if required or within 1 week for a routine referral.

Other impacts include:

Patients spend less time in hospital by not being admitted to a day ward

Patients no longer have to fast for the procedure

Waiting times for insertion of PICC lines were eliminated.

Patients commenced anti-cancer treatment in a timely manner

It is estimated that an annual saving will be €130,000 as a result of this development.

Richard Dooley, General Manager, University Hospital Waterford/ Kilcreene Orthopaedic Hospital said: "This prestigious award is a huge achievement for University Hospital Waterford having been selected from a national field of over 330 original entries. In particular, it demonstrates the very strong multidisciplinary team professional ethos that focuses on quality and achieving the best for our patients. It is just recognition for the very strong personal and professional values that all of our staff at UHW bring to their work on a daily basis.”

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