Annual forum

The Emergency Care Improvement Clinical Network (ECCN) held its eighth annual forum ‘Evidence into action’ on 24 February 2016 in Melbourne.

This year we had over 200 people attend the forum with the majority of attendees being emergency clinicians representing over 30 emergency departments (ED’s) from regional, rural and metropolitan site around Victoria.

The program included an update on behavioural emergencies, local innovations, results and presentations from 2015 evidence based care projects and presentations from clinical leaders on the 2016 new topics; rapid rule out of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), improving the identification and management of sepsis and reducing unscheduled return visit to emergency department.

The program concluded with two concurrent workshops that included lessons from recent medico legal cases and using data to improve quality in ED.

Results of evidence-based care projects

Results from projects conducted throughout 2016 will be listed below when available.

2016 Evidence-based quality improvement projects

This is an annual nine month quality improvement cycle in enhancing the use of evidence-based care to reduce variation in practice and improve consistency of emergency care.

The 36 emergency departments completed 52 quality improvement projects. Storyboards have been developed to present their approach, results and lessons learnt, which are available under the project topics below.

Improving the identification and management of sepsis

Identifying and managing deteriorating patients

Preventing urinary catheter-associated infections