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Cellulitis and Skin Infections Team Dr Vanessa Thornton Dr Andrew Connolly Dr David Holland Dr Adrian Trenholme Alex Boersma Heather Lewis Sarah Hyder (POAC) Dr Jennifer Njenga (GP) Louise McCarthy (GAIHN) Debbie Hailstone Olivia Woodman Adrienne Batterton

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20 000 days campaign learning session 3 11 12 march 2013

Cellulitis and Skin Infections Team

Dr Vanessa Thornton Dr Andrew Connolly Dr David Holland

Dr Adrian Trenholme Alex Boersma Heather Lewis

Sarah Hyder (POAC) Dr Jennifer Njenga (GP) Louise McCarthy (GAIHN)

Debbie Hailstone Olivia Woodman Adrienne Batterton

Karla Rika-Heke Kate Moodebe (Localities) Peggy Williams

Jodie Reynolds Maika Kinahoi-Veikune Anna Lee

Project Manager: Monique Davies

Improvement Advisor: Ian Hutchby

20,000 Days Campaign

Learning Session 3

11-12 March 2013

aim direction
Aim & Direction

Initial Aim:

  • Reduce the number of bed days used for patients with cellulitis by 5-10%
  • Primary care prevention to prevent patients developing cellulitis
  • Treating as many patients early in the community as possible
  • Streamline the care of patients admitted to hospital with cellulitis to reduce variation
  • Reduce the length of stay in hospital using POAC to facilitate early discharge
  • Streamline the care and treatment of patients presenting with abscesses

From our work over the past 8 months, the group has re-focused its direction into three

key work streams

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist support for inpatients with serious skin infections
  • EC TADU and POAC working together with the CNS to manage non complex cellulitis and abscess
  • Prevention and management of serious skin infections in the community (20,000 Days Campaign Application for Phase 2 )
change concepts
Change Concepts
  • Change Concept 1:Manage Variation
  • Standardisation of care (create standardised process for patients with simple cellulitis )
  • Provision of oral antibiotics to assist with compliance issues
  • Adherence to clinical pathways and involvement in the development of the regional cellulitis and skin infection clinical pathway (completed December 2012)
  • Change Concept 2: Improve Workflow
  • Worked with Pharmacy to develop patient take home oral antibiotics packs
  • Patients followed up in the community utilising POAC
  • Reduce the length of stay in hospital using POAC to facilitate early discharge
  • Facilitated simplified POAC referral process for staff to encourage referrals to community care
  • Change Concept 3:Use of a Co-ordinator
  • CNS appointed for soft tissue infections in Surgery (General Surgery, Plastics, Ortho)
  • Enhance the relationship between carer and patient to:
    • Improve understanding of cellulitis and the required treatment regime
    • Focus on the outcomes for patients to reduce re-admissions and earlier treatment of recurrent cellulitis
    • Facilitating early discharge
    • Nurse led follow up
most successful pdsa cycles
Most Successful PDSA Cycles?

Appointment of Soft Tissue Nurse

Heather Lewis has been working in this 20,000 Days funded role since November 2012

and is working within surgical wards managing the care for patients with complex cellulitis

and with emergency care staff to ensure that patients with simple cellulitis are more

appropriately managed in the community

Cellulitis Brochure

Development of our brochure (tested prior to use with families in emergency

Care waiting room) and following completion of the final version, a subsequent request

from the Auckland regional group for the brochure to be used with the regional clinical

pathway for cellulitis and skin infection

Take Home Packs of Oral Antiobiotics

Healthy Skin packs including information and take home oral antibiotics for patients

meeting defined criteria with simple cellulitis

implementation
Implementation

Adapted from “The Improvement Guide. A Practical Approach to Enhancing Organizational Performance” Gerald Langley et al., 2009, p180.

highlights and lowlights
Highlights and Lowlights

Lowlights

Recognition that there were not the bed savings to be made from inpatients with cellulitis

Patients admitted with cellulitis were often complex and very sick and the focus needs to

be with education and prevention of serious skin infections in the community

Highlights

Commissioning of a report by Louise McCarthy from GAIHN

Reducing the Burden of Skin Infections in Counties Manukau District Health Board (Potential interventions for education and prevention of skin infections in community and primary care settings) – application being considered for 20,000 Days Campaign Phase 2

Collaborative team members involved in development of the regional clinical pathway for cellulitis and skin infections

achievements to date
Achievements to date

What has changed and what difference have the changes made?

From our work over the past 8 months, the group has re-focused its direction into three

key work streams after identifying ….

    • Clinical Nurse Specialist support for inpatients with serious skin infections
    • EC TADU and POAC working together to manage non complex cellulitis and abscess
    • Prevention and management of serious skin infections in the community (Phase 2 20,000 Days Campaign Application)

Our change package

The report on reducing hospitalisation rates for skin infections focuses on the prevention and

management of skin infections in the community provides specific objectives moving into the second

phase (if our application is successful).

The report

  • provides an overview of the problem of serious skin infections in CMDHB
  • describes the determinants of skin infections and to outline current issues with regard to defining skin infections
  • describes key findings arising from the literature and key informant interviews
  • provides recommendations for interventions relating to education and prevention in community and primary care settings