Reengineering the Discharge of Elderly Patients from Intensive Care: Pre-Clinical Evaluation of a Tool Kit
This tool kit will be similar to the Surgical Safety Checklist promoted by the World Health Organization, and will be designed to ensure that the right patient is discharged at the right time to the right setting with the right care plan.
Project findings and information will be updated on a continual basis.
About the Project
When patients are transferred from one ward to another, or from one provider to another, there is a high risk of errors in medical care. Some of these errors may lead to unintended and harmful events. The transfer of patients from the intensive care unit (ICU) to a hospital ward is an example of a high-risk transfer. Seriously ill frail elderly patients are especially prone to experiencing problems during these transfers. In direct response to this issue, we have assembled a team of professionals and interested citizens from across the country to re-design the transfer of frail elderly patients from intensive care by developing and testing an evidence-informed ‘ICU discharge tool kit’.
The proposed tool kit builds on our existing research program and may serve as a model for improving transitions of care for other patients. The complexity of this problem requires an approach that combines scientific excellence with participation by patients, family members, providers and managers so that a durable product is created. Our proposal is directly aligned with the objectives of this competition, which are to improve outcomes and care across the continuum, by optimizing transitions of care.
Henry Stelfox, MD, PhD, FRCPC — University of Calgary
Sean Bagshaw, MD, MSc, FRCPC — University of Alberta
Chaim Bell, PhD — University of Toronto
Fiona Clement, MD, MSc, FRCPC — University of Calgary
Michael Detsky, MD, MSc, FRCPC — University of Toronto
Peter Dodek, MD, MHSc — University of British Columbia
Alan Forster, BEng — University of Ottawa
Daniel Niven, PhD, MSc, RN — University of Calgary
Peter Oxland, PhD — CCSCN, Alberta Health Services
Elisavet Papthanasoglou, MD, PhD, FRCPC — University of Alberta
Jeanna Parsons Leigh, MD, FRCPC — Alberta Health Services
Sharon Straus, MD, MSc, BSc, FRCPC — University of Toronto
Knowledge Users and Partners:
Chip Doig, MD, MSc, FRCPC — Alberta Health Services
Jayna Holroyd-Leduc, MD, FRCPC — Alberta Health Services
Colleen Norris, RN, BScN, MN, PhD — Alberta Health Services
Dan Zuege, MD, MSc, FRCPC — Alberta Health Services
David Zygun, MD, MSc, FRCPC — Alberta Health Services
Project Contact: Dr. Henry Stelfox — email@example.com