Clinical audits to improve critical care: Part 1 Prepare and collect data
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Clinical audits are used to examine current practice, compare this with established best practice and implementing change, to ensure patients receive the most effective treatment. They are successful in improving the quality and safety of care provided, and thereby clinical outcomes. Clinical audits are ubiquitous throughout critical care practice, but without the necessary focus, engagement, preparation, method, evaluation and communication, they may be a waste of resources. This article is the first of a two-paper series regarding audits in critical care. The article provides an overview of the structures and processes needed to prepare and collect data for clinical audits, to make them as effective as possible to improve patient outcomes. This is accomplished through a practical step-by-step guide, including links to valuable resources, which are relevant to all critical care clinicians planning on undertaking clinical audits.
Australian Critical Care
Copyright 2017 Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Ltd. Published by Elsevier Australia. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
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