Auburn Hospital celebrates AQuA Quality Awards

Infection Control’s Mi Gun Jeoung with clinical midwifery consultant Robyn Gasparotto, nursing unit manager (perioperative services) Mia Shui and nursing unit manager Sarah Sisson.

Auburn Hospital hosted its Auburn Hospital Quality Awards (AQuA) on 22 June – a smaller version of WSLHD’s annual Quality Awards.

Auburn Hospital director of nursing & midwifery Kate Murphy said the awards, in their second year, recognise the innovation, efforts and commitment of staff.

“These awards allow staff to be acknowledged by their peers and the community for the quality work they do, ” she said.

“We received 18 entries from various departments and had the difficult task of selecting winners from six categories.

“I’d like to thank and congratulate all staff for their ongoing contributions to improving patient care.”

The 2017 AQuA award winners are:

  • Patients as Partners: Transforming care at the bedside

Within 12 months, all nursing shift-to-shift bedside handovers at Auburn Hospital will involve an invitation to patients and carers.

Auburn Hospital acting general manager Jude Constable, nursing unit manager (perioperative services) Mia Shui, clinical nurse consultant Alexander Mutsonziwa and director of nursing Kate Murphy.
  • Local solutions: Cleaning out the Pantry

To streamline inventory management processes in the operating theatres.  There has been a 61 per cent saving in the amount of supplies ordered, despite an increase in surgical activity.

Auburn Hospital acting general manager Jude Constable with sterilizing technician Cheryl McNaulty, nursing unit manager Sarah Sisson and director of nursing Kate Murphy.
  • Education and Training: “Involve me and I learn”

To demonstrate how routine simulation training in the emergency department has transformed the multidisciplinary team over the last three years, leading to an up-skilled workforce and improvements in patient care.

Auburn Hospital acting general manager Jude Constable with ED clinical nurse educator Helen Zaouk and ED registered nurse Jeff Deray.
  • Collaborative Team: Reinvigorating hot debriefing

Within 12 months, all staff involved in a clinical incident will be familiar with the process of a “hot debrief” (a debriefing session conducted immediately following a serious incident) and staff will be able to participate in a hot debrief session at any given time.

Auburn Hospital acting general manager Jude Constable, clinical nurse consultant Alexander Mutsonziwa and director of nursing Kate Murphy
  • Innovation: Monitor Mums Safely (M&Ms)

To develop an easy-to-use audit tool for the maternity team. The data captured from the audit will guide the educational plans focused on improving clinician’s confidence with interpretation, escalation, clinical practice and neonatal outcomes.

Auburn Hospital acting general manager Jude Constable and director of nursing Kate Murphy with clinical midwife specialist Kate Farrell, nursing unit manager Hazel Simeon, midwife Tanya Hui, midwife Martha Dilgee, midwife Malla Mona, clinical midwifery consultant Robyn Gasparotto, midwife Donna Ryan and Alice Tuson.
  • Harry Collins Award: Prevent CAUTI

To improve urinary catheter maintenance practice and prevent urinary catheter-associated infections.

Auburn Hospital acting general manager Jude Constable with clinical nurse educator Manisha Bista and infection control’s Mi Gun Jeoung and director of nursing Kate Murphy.
  • People’s Choice Award: Monitor Mums Safely (M&Ms)

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