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16Aug2018

Increase in sepsis related deaths – the truth is in the detail

Recent reports in the media have drawn the conclusion that there has been an increase in deaths from Sepsis – a threefold increase over five years. As ever, the headline writers were basking in the glow of the latest figures from a leading expert. However, this increase needs to be put into context. Not only has there been an increase in awareness and recognition of Sepsis, which has led to more deaths being recorded appropriately, there has also…

  • 16 Aug, 2018
  • Kristian Low
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05Jul2018

With year-round winter pressure, NHS trusts exploring ways to overcome the challenge need to have a good understanding of cost and quality

BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul recently highlighted the year-round pressure now being felt in the NHS and we know that many trusts are keeping winter pressure wards open far longer than previously.

One of the ways trusts have been able to counter the growing demand is by early recognition and appropriate care of the deteriorating patient along with efficient use of HDU/ITU units. This gives them…

  • 5 Jul, 2018
  • Kristian Low
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30May2018

Automatic triangulation, right here, right now

We’ve been working on an exciting new development which I wanted to share. The CRAB Medical module has taken a leap forward with the automatic triangulation of all 32 of the triggers in the global trigger tool (UK version).

 

Trigger tools help identify adverse effects and areas for improvement by auditing a small sample of patient notes regularly. The US Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) refined this process and developed the global trigger tool to quantify adverse events more generally

using…

  • 30 May, 2018
  • Claire Bale
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27Apr2018

Let’s share learning more efficiently and effectively by using the same methodologies and improvement pathways

At CRAB Clinical Informatics we spend time with medical directors who are increasingly aware that commonly used methods of measuring quality (such as mortality indicators) can be misleading. This is because these measures do not provide the most useful insight into patient specific risk. For example, they may only use the first few diagnostic codes during a patient admission.

This view is now being echoed throughout the sector from regulators to arms-length bodies and other agencies. The result is that…

  • 27 Apr, 2018
  • Claire Bale
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26Feb2018

How we have managed to add some clarity to the cost quality debate

One of the recurring themes throughout our work with hospitals worldwide, is how to provide practical and measurable insight into the cost and quality debate. This is because much greater clarity is needed when it comes the discussions about how to improve quality of care and at the same time reduce costs.

In the past, we have relied on anecdotal evidence to justify a changing clinical practice or treatment in the belief…

  • 26 Feb, 2018
  • Claire Bale
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13Dec2017

Masterclasses give thumbs up to new Harris unit

We recently held two masterclasses in London and Middlesbrough for the CRAB user community to find out about the latest product developments. The masterclasses were also an opportunity to hear tips and useful insights from Graham Copeland, architect of the POSSUM surgical audit system, a world-renowned methodology for assessing clinical performance against the expected outcome for the case-mix.

The events were attended by clinical directors, data analysts and…

  • 13 Dec, 2017
  • Claire Bale
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06Dec2017

Why ISO certification is good news for our customers

We have just been awarded ISO 9001 which is good news for our customers because it means we have met an internationally-recognised standard in effective quality management. Our customers can be sure that we have the structure, responsibilities, and procedures in place to develop high quality products and services and that we will be responsive to our…

  • 6 Dec, 2017
  • Claire Bale
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21Nov2017

Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Award Winner!

Congratulations again to the South Tees NHS Trust’s Nephrology and clinical effectiveness teams for winning the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement award at the Academic Health Science Network event (NE) for their ongoing work in reducing patient harm from Acute Kidney Injury in collaboration with CRAB Clinical Informatics.

 

The team pipped a number of worthy contenders to the top award by demonstrating both clinical patient improvement through…

  • 21 Nov, 2017
  • Claire Bale
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06Nov2017

Why a culture change is needed alongside real-time data analysis with acute kidney injury

We were very proud to have been shortlisted for our work on improving the detection and management of acute kidney injury (AKI) with South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at this year’s Bright Ideas in Health Awards. The initiative was also highly commended at this year’s HSJ awards for patient safety.

 

Acute kidney injury has been a hidden challenge for healthcare service, in the UK and worldwide….

  • 6 Nov, 2017
  • Claire Bale
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31Oct2017

CRAB-Ci finalists in regional awards for patient safety and quality improvement

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with CRAB-Ci have been selected as a finalist for the Bright Idea in Health Awards for an initiative to reduce acute kidney injury (AKI). The trust’s patient-level cost team calculated that AKI was costing the trust £1.65m a year. From a June 2016 baseline, the data showed a 36 per cent reduction in recorded AKI incidence across its surgical wards and total savings have been estimated at £500,000 – a return…

  • 31 Oct, 2017
  • Claire Bale
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05Jun2017

Unique: CRAB’s risk prediction system at the Global Ministerial Health Summit

CRAB software and reporting recently featured at the Global Ministerial Health Summit in Germany, for which key healthcare officials from around the world attended.

CRAB featured in the Summits Agenda for Patient Safety and mHealth, Big Data, and Handheld Devices specifically seen on page 39: Workshop 3, CRAB: Big Scale – Routine Data as a First Alert.

  • 5 Jun, 2017
  • Claire Bale
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