Pioneering project to predict and prevent AKI makes EHI Awards finals
Western Sussex Hospitals and Patientrack patient safety collaboration gets national recognition
Ground-breaking work to alert doctors and nurses to patients at risk of the devastating effects of acute kidney injury (AKI), has made it through to the final stage of the EHI Awards 2015.
The project at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust aims to reduce avoidable mortality and morbidity linked with AKI, a deadly condition associated with approximately 100,000 deaths across England every year and cited as costing the NHS more than skin cancer and lung cancer combined.
Specialist clinicians at Western Sussex Hospitals have collaborated with Patientrack to combine their ground-breaking research with Patientrack’s early warning technology so that, for the first time, clinical staff can have complete visibility of the AKI status of every patient in the hospital.
A traffic light warning and alerting system highlights all patients at risk of developing AKI and those who already have it, so that doctors and nurses can intervene early and help prevent patients from coming to harm.
The AKI alerting project has now made it through to the finals of the EHI Awards 2015 after Western Sussex Hospitals was successful in the first two stages for the ‘best use of IT to promote patient safety’ category. Winners of the awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 1st October 2015.
Having also already won two rounds of a national Department of Health/Small Business Research Initiative Funding competition to tackle kidney disease, the AKI project is receiving growing national recognition and could soon be scaled across the NHS.
Donald Kennedy, managing director at Patientrack said: “This project really is an excellent example of what can happen when clinicians and innovative SME companies collaborate to help to reduce avoidable harm in hospitals. The impact of predicting which patients are at risk of AKI could have a substantial impact on avoidable mortality in NHS hospitals. Clinicians at Western Sussex Hospitals deserve recognition for innovatively embracing technology for the benefit of patients.”
Patientrack helps hospitals deliver safer care – which is also more cost-effective care – by ensuring observation and assessment protocols are carried out correctly and consistently, and by automatically calculating early warning scores and alerting clinicians when interventions are needed. Through early identification of deteriorating patients, and the promoting of necessary assessments, Patientrack helps hospitals meet national and local targets for improvements in patient safety, improving patient outcomes and supporting frontline staff, while at the same time cutting costs and reducing paper. Patientrack was developed in conjunction with health professionals and its effectiveness in delivering both patient safety and cost improvements has been proven in a peer-reviewed clinical journal.
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