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Erschienen in: European Journal of Pediatrics 11/2018

30.07.2018 | Original Article

Day case paediatric tonsillectomy: a quality improvement project

Erschienen in: European Journal of Pediatrics | Ausgabe 11/2018

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Abstract

Tonsillectomy is one of the commonest ENT paediatric procedures. Recovery is best achieved at home, and cost-effectiveness of the day case pathway is significant in tonsillectomy. This project scrutinised the local practice regarding the effectiveness of day case pathway in paediatric tonsillectomy in a large regional teaching hospital. The project aimed to improve the rates of day case tonsillectomy discharges, to increase compliance of postoperative care with guidelines, and to assess long-term sustainability of the new practice. The project looked prospectively at the pre-existing paediatric tonsillectomy day case practice (cycle 1) prior to implementing a multifaceted intervention. The intervention consisted of an evidence-based change to local day case tonsillectomy guidelines, improved lists’ planning/management, and clinicians’ education. Thereafter, the outcomes were measured in the short term (cycle 2—prospective data collection) and in the long term (cycle 3—retrospective data collection). The gathered data revealed an improvement in post-tonsillectomy day case discharge rates (both short and long term), without an increase in postoperative complications. Moreover, our intervention had effectively reduced sleep study requests and resulted in a significant increase in list profitability.
Conclusion: The departmental practice in paediatric day case tonsillectomy was improved via evidence-based relaxation of day case criteria, improved list management, and clinicians’ education. The interventions resulted also in a positive significant financial impact with no increase in postoperative complications.
What is Known:
Tonsillectomy is a common paediatric ENT procedure, with significant applicability and cost-effectiveness of the day case pathway.
There is a lack of a clear general consensus on criteria for patients’ suitability for day case tonsillectomy.
What is New:
This quality improvement project carried out a methodical relaxation of day case criteria of day case tonsillectomy.
The new criteria along with enhanced list management and clinician education had safely improved the local post-tonsillectomy day case care.
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Metadaten
Titel
Day case paediatric tonsillectomy: a quality improvement project
Publikationsdatum
30.07.2018
Erschienen in
European Journal of Pediatrics / Ausgabe 11/2018
Print ISSN: 0340-6199
Elektronische ISSN: 1432-1076
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00431-018-3220-0

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