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Improving the safety and efficacy of warfarin therapy in a metropolitan private hospital: A multidisciplinary practice improvement project

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Duff, J and Walker, KN, Improving the safety and efficacy of warfarin therapy in a metropolitan private hospital: A multidisciplinary practice improvement project, Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for The Australian Nursing Profession, 35, (2) pp. 234-244. ISSN 1037-6178 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5172/conu.2010.35.2.234

Abstract

Background: Warfarin is a very complex, high risk therapy and one that carries the potential for severe adverse events. The aim of this project was to improve warfarin management through the application of the best available evidence. The project was undertaken in a 250 bed acute care metropolitan private hospital. Interventions: A suite of evidence-based interventions were used including audit and feedback, patient and provider education, and decision support aides. Measures: This project used the ongoing collection of warfarin process and outcome clinical indicator data to measure improvement. Results: Compliance with loading protocol increased by 12% (42-54%); patient education prior to discharge increased by 54% (31-85%); INRs > 5 decreased by 2.6% (3.7-1.1%); and abnormal bleeds fell by 1.2% (1.2-0%). Conclusion: This multifaceted suite of interventions was successful in influencing clinician behaviour and improving compliance with evidence-based warfarin guidelines.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Venous Thromboembolism; Implementation research
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Other Medical and Health Sciences
Research Field:Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified
Author:Duff, J (Dr Jed Duff)
Author:Walker, KN (Professor Kim Walker)
ID Code:86976
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2013-11-04
Last Modified:2014-06-05
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