Queen Elizabeth II Hospital has been awarded for excellence in stroke care as part of the 2021 Australian Stroke Coalition Quality Stroke Service Awards.
Director of Geriatric and Rehabilitation Services, Dr Amanda Siller said that excellence is measured by hospitals that achieve nine best-practice stroke treatment and care benchmarks as reported through the national database, AuSCR.
“QEII has always been a high performing Acute Stroke Unit and we have been collecting this data for more than 10 years,” she said. “These latest figures confirm the Acute Stroke Unit component of our care is fantastic.”
She said it is a longstanding data-set that is specifically geared toward driving good patient outcomes and includes measures such as mobilisation on the same day or day after hospital arrival, provision of antihypertensive, lipid-lowering and antithrombotic medication on discharge, and the provision of stroke unit care.
“While each criteria has a highest performer, what we have achieved is consistency across all of the measures which has resulted in QEII again being awarded for excellence as one of 13 hospitals across Australia.”
QEII Hospital Geriatrician and Stroke Leader, Dr Jerry Wong said that every year the team are able to look at which criteria can be improved which results in added interventions from any or all members of the stroke team.
“We have a regular safety and quality meeting where we look at the data, as well as two-yearly audits through AuSCR. We do a gap analysis and as a team we address the gaps, tighten our processes, or where necessary, advocate for change in the broader hospital context to ensure our interventions can align with the criteria,” he said.
“I’m most proud of the consistency at which the team has managed to perform for, at least, the last ten years.”
Both doctors attest the success of an Acute Stroke Unit relies on the integration of the team and Nurse Unit Manager, Milly Chitabwa agrees teamwork is key to good outcomes for each patient.
“Every clinical specialty and every member of the team has an important role to play in the treatment of stroke as the criteria relies on the expertise of each profession.
“Ultimately, the patients are the ones to benefit from our improvements and interventions and our consistency, which for stroke patients, could be life changing.
“This award for excellence in stroke care is a wonderful reward for the consistency our whole team applies every day,” Milly said.
The Awards, announced at the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Stroke Society of Australasia in October, recognise Australia’s top hospitals in delivery of quality, evidence-based stroke treatment and care.