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Safer care news

13 July 2021

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Three ways to improve mother and baby outcomes and experiences

We've released three clinical guidelines for maternity and newborn services to help improve outcomes and experiences for Victorian families.

Safe infant sleeping guidance promotes the key steps to sleeping infants safely in hospital and at home, to help reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). It includes advice on shared sleeping.

Homebirth guidance helps services develop or expand a safe homebirth program, which may result in less intervention (e.g. caesarean sections) and complications (e.g. post-partum haemorrhage or severe perineal trauma).

Water for labour and birth guidance supports women to use a shower or bath for pain relief during labour and if appropriate, water birth.

All were developed with experts and informed by community consultation.

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News

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WELCOMING OUR NEW CHIEFS

This month we welcomed Victoria's Chief Mental Health Nurse Anna Love (pictured) to the SCV-fold!

Her move from the Department of Health signals the start of exciting new work to improve the quality and safety of mental health services. More on this work later in the year.

We also welcome Janet Weir-Phyland, who will act as our Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer until March 2022. Standing in for Ann Maree Keenan while she is on long service leave, Janet will be supported by our Senior Maternity Adviser and Principal Maternal and Child Health Nurse.

Our new CEO Prof Mike Roberts will start in August.

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AN EASIER WAY TO REPORT SENTINEL EVENTS

The way you submit sentinel event reports is changing, making it easier for health services to let us know about adverse patient safety events.

Launching in August, the new sentinel events portal will allow you to manage and securely store review documentation, confidentially share draft documents internally first (providing an electronic approval trail before submitting to SCV) and set alerts for upcoming due dates.

Register for training

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BECOME A PATIENT SAFETY REVIEW EXPERT

Want to get a different perspective on what it takes to improve Victorian healthcare?

We’re looking for six clinicians, consumers and human factors professionals to become part of our first Safety Fellows cohort. The 12-month program will build sector capability in adverse event and systems safety reviews and increase the availability of suitably experienced experts.

Applications close 22 July 2021.

Find out more

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JOIN US TO IMPROVE BIRTH OUTCOMES FOR WOMEN

We are looking for Victorian women who have experienced severe perineal tearing to help improve birthing outcomes for Victorians.

Building on the success of our Better births for women collaborative we are developing an audit tool to help Victorian maternity services implement national best practice to prevent severe perineal tearing during childbirth.

Applications close 14 July 2021.

Find out how to apply

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HELP US IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN WITH SEPSIS

We are seeking expressions of interest from health services and consumers to join our project to improve the timely recognition and escalation of care for children with suspected or confirmed sepsis. 

Applications for health services to become a pilot site close 16 July 2021.

Consumer applications close 23 July 2021.

Read more about the project

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VICTORIAN QUALITY ACCOUNT 2020-21

Due to the pandemic, public health services are not required to submit a quality account for 2020-21.

If you do want to share your improvements and quality focus, you still can.

Services that choose to submit a quality account are encouraged to consult the 2018-19 quality account guidelines.

Download the guidelines

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PARTNERING IN HEALTHCARE STATEMENT NOW DUE 29 OCTOBER

Our Partnering in healthcare framework helps health services improve healthcare and outcomes for Victorians by better involving consumers and their families.

We have extended reporting requirements under the Partnering in healthcare framework.
Public health services should now submit their 2021-22 statement of intent by 29 October 2021.

Read more

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VICTORIAN CANCER AGENCY RESEARCH GRANTS NOW OPEN

The following funding schemes are now open:

  • Early Career Research Fellowships
  • Mid-Career Research Fellowships
  • Quality and Safety in Cancer Care Research Grants

Applications close 13 September 2021.

Find out more 

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Opinion

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FROM THE CLINICAL NETWORK LEAD

People with permanent kidney failure face complex and unavoidable decisions about their health. Which treatment to choose – from conservative care without dialysis, long-term dialysis, to kidney transplantation – is a big decision with huge implications for the patient.

As nephrologist and SCV’s Renal Clinical Lead Associate Professor Peter Mount writes, SCV’s consent forms have greatly improved how informed renal patients feel about this decision.

Read more

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Alerts

Use of gabapentinoids in combination with opioids
12 July
The Victorian Perioperative Consultative Council (VPCC) has alerted Safer Care Victoria to the risk of respiratory depression following the use of gabapentinoids (e.g. pregabalin and gabapentin) in combination with opioids. Read more

Philips CPAP, BiPAP, mechanical ventilators
7 July
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued a product defect correction for certain Philips Electronics CPAP, Bi-Level PAP devices and ventilator devices. Read more

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Events

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MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR PROVIDING HAEMODIALYSIS AT HOME

This webinar will outline new recommended minimum standards for providing haemodialysis at home. The goal of these standards is to improve patient outcomes and reduce unwarranted variation in care and support provided to patients.

TARGETED TO:
Victorian healthcare professionals who support haemodialysis in the home

Register
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WELLBEING FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

In this webinar we will explore the relationship between our natural environment and our wellbeing and what individuals and organisations can do to harness the impact of gardens on wellbeing.

Keynote speaker: Dr Jonathan (Yotti) Kingsley.

Register
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FUNDAMENTALS OF ADVERSE PATIENT SAFETY EVENT REVIEWS

New dates have been added in July and August for this popular online workshop.

Spread over two half days, this is the first in a series of workshops designed to build your knowledge and skills in reviewing adverse patient safety events. 

Find a date
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MORE EVENTS
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Resources

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MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR PROVIDING HAEMODIALYSIS AT HOME

This document sets out the minimum standards for providing haemodialysis at home. It aims to help guide health services focus on services which should be provided - in addition to those routinely provided for patients undertaking haemodialysis therapy in a dialysis facility.

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STANDARDISED INFORMED CONSENT FOR MAINTENANCE DIALYSIS

This policy outlines the minimum recommended standards for informed consent for maintenance dialysis, to ensure patients understand their condition, treatment options and associated risks, and are involved in decisions about their care.

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REDUCING THE RISKS OF VASCULAR ACCESS HAEMORRHAGE

In response to a Coroner’s recommendation, this webinar highlighted the importance of educating patients, carers and healthcare workers about the risks of arteriovenous fistula haemorrhage for patients having haemodialysis, and best care responses.

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