This project evaluated the need and benefit of standardising resuscitation equipment and training for a nationwide healthcare provider. It required a clinical audit of equipment, training needs analysis, author a training and delivery strategy for the education and introduction of new equipment. Resuscitation Council Intermediate Life Support (ILS) level was used a the delivery platform. Audit of resuscitation equipment and standard operating procedures was required to demonstrate and evaluate the need to affect, and implement a updated resuscitation policy. It was obvious to that Human factors would play a considerable part of my analysis of the needs of this project.
1: Setting the standards
This audit it was appropriate to utilize Resuscitation Council Quality standards for cardiopulmonary resuscitation practice and training. NICE and CQC guidance.
Training Needs analysis, Risk Assessment, Clinical Audit
The TNA/ Risk assessment and audit found a number of issues including non- compliance of national standards and policy infringements, non standardized equipment and process, lack of confidence and awareness of professional responsibilities.
Conclusion / Recommendations / Implications for Practice:
The clinical audit cycle demonstrated implementation of standardised grab bags in all locations now meets the Resuscitation Council UK quality standards, was a huge financial and logistical commitment toward staff development and patient safety.
Without use of quantifiable data to prove the business case it is unlikely that this project would have ever of been authorised. Several process where utilized within the data collection phase including clinical risk assessments, training needs analysis and of course clinical audit. The process of clinical audit however must be completed through its entire cycle otherwise the data collected has little worth as it lacks analysis.
the objectives had been successfully met as staff confidence in not only assessment and emergency treatment of patients, but also in familiarization of the equipment and standard operating procedures has all improved significantly. This whilst not covered in this audit, had also improve clinical governance process and accountability but also improved the replenishment and order processes.
Fundamentally this standardization project increased staff confidence, improved patient safety, demonstrated compliance and saved money.