NSLHD News June 17 2022

Health Information Services Celebrates 10 Years of Scanning Northern Sydney Local Health District Health Information Services (HIS) recently celebrated 10 years of document imaging. well as a drop-in day at Royal North Shore Hospital, which allowed staff to complete a quiz and receive prizes for taking part.

Document imaging, sometimes referred to as scanning was implemented across NSLHD for community health services, acute services and outpatients in 2012. The project involved scanning paper health care record documentation into electronice medical recrod (eMR) rather than storing them in paper medical records. HIS has taken steps over the past 10 years to reduce NSLHD’s environmental footprint such as transitioning to eDocuments, using recycled paper and recycling all printer cartridges. As a result of these steps and document imaging, HIS has saved 846 million pieces of paper– which is the equivalent of 510 trees and 150 million litres of water. To celebrate the milestone, HIS set up stands at Ryde, Hornsby and Mona Vale hospitals as

To acknowledge HIS’ efforts, Bunnings joined the celebrations and donated 50 trees across the district.

HIS staff from Ryde Hospital celebrate 10 years of scanning

Optimising Parkinson Disease Medication Management at RNSH A team at Royal North Shore Hospital is on a mission to improve the care of patients living with Parkinson disease with a new project focused on improving medication management for patients.

“It is crucial that these medications are administered on time by nurses, are prescribed accurately by doctors, and are reviewed efficiently by pharmacists – it is a team effort,” she said. Sue said the project has derived six solutions that are being implemented across the hospital. “We have begun implementing electronic prompts for nurses, an electronic prescriber alert, a medication label alert, formalised identification of Parkinson patients, education for staff, and increased imprest supply of Parkinson medications,” she said. “We are hopeful that these measures will reduce Parkinson patients’ symptoms and their length of stay.” Sue said staff caring for Parkinson patients should look out for prompts in the electronic medical record. “Nurses should look out for order comments on the medication administration record and should administer Parkinson medications on time to prevent the administration tile from turning red, which will now occur after 15 minutes, as opposed to one hour,” she said. “Doctors should look out for an alert to promote accuracy when charting Parkinson medications.” The project will continue to be rolled out throughout 2022.

The Parkinson Inpatient Experience Redesign Project, led by Parkinson nurse Sue Williams and pharmacist Marissa Sakiris, is being rolled out across RNSH. The project’s goal is to achieve better health outcomes, experience of care and service efficiency through excellent inpatient medication management for Parkinson patients. Marissa said Parkinson patients have highly individualised medication regimens, and ensuring they receive medications in hospital is critical to symptom control.

RNSH PD Nurse Sue Williams and pharmacist Marissa Sakiris



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