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Type: Journal article
Title: Documentation of chemotherapy administration by nursing staff in inpatient and outpatient oncology/hematology settings: a best practice implementation project
Author: Turner, A.
Stephenson, M.
Citation: JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 2015; 13(10):316-334
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 2202-4433
2202-4433
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Allison Turner, Matthew Stephenson
Abstract: Background: Documentation of chemotherapy administration by nursing staff is undertaken in a written and electronic form at the Canberra Hospital and has been identified as requiring improvement in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Safe prescribing, dispensing, administration and documentation are essential to patient safety, outcomes and quality of care, and to staff safety. Due to the limited available research and evidence on this topic, recommended safety standards for the safe administration of chemotherapy formed the framework for audit criteria and documentation requirements. Objectives: The aim of this evidence implementation project was to improve documentation of chemotherapy administration by nursing staff in inpatient and outpatient oncology/hematology units, thereby improving patient care and safety, as well as meeting the legal and educational responsibilities of the nursing staff. Methods: This evidence implementation project used the JBI Practical Application of Clinical Evidence System and Getting Research into Practice audit and feedback tool. A baseline audit was conducted to assess current practice and identify areas requiring improvement, followed by reflection on results and design, and implementation of strategies for documentation improvement. Lastly, a follow-up audit was conducted to assess compliance and practice improvement. Results: The baseline audit results highlighted areas of good current practice, areas requiring improvement and barriers to data collection and practice improvement. Strategies based on raising awareness of best practice guidelines, education and useful tools were developed and implemented. It was evident that the electronic documentation prompts used in the outpatient setting, compared to paper-based documentation in the inpatient setting, contributed to better compliance to documentation guidelines. The follow-up audit demonstrated improved practices across both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Conclusions: The aim of improving documentation after chemotherapy administration was achieved, yet there is still room for further improvement. Education will continue through training courses, communication at meetings and utilization of the tools developed. Future auditing is planned to ensure sustainability.
Keywords: Audit; best practice; chemotherapy; documentation; evidence implementation; inpatient; outpatient
Rights: © 2015 by Lippincott williams & Wilkins, Inc.
RMID: 0030039118
DOI: 10.11124/jbisrir-2015-2157
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