What are clinical pathways?
Clinical pathways, also known as care pathways, are tools used to maintain quality in healthcare by providing a guide for evidence-based care and treatment.
What are we trying to achieve?
Our Assessment and Diagnostic Unit (ADU) at North Shore Hospital aims to deliver high quality care, 24 hours 7 days a week. One of the ways to do this is to provide locally agreed pathways of care for how common patient problems should be optimally managed within Waitemata DHB.
What have we done?
Our acute general medicine team has worked to review and redevelop clinical pathways to be used by our acute services with consultation and input from other specialist teams to ensure the pathways meet best-practice guidelines. The clinical pathway documents have also been re-designed to achieve a standardised format to make them easier for our staff to use.
Some of the newly developed pathways include:
All of our clinical pathways and other procedural documents are located in a central electronic repository for easy access.
Sample from our febrile neutropenia pathway
Sample from our meningitis pathway
Where to from here?
We are currently reviewing and re-designing other clinical pathways for common patient problems that present to our acute medical services.