One stop Ultrasound DVT service

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The idea: How it came about :We provide a diagnostic and treatment service for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) within urgent care services. Jo is an advanced nurse practitioner and leads on this service. Diagnosing DVTs includes an ultrasound scan which we had to purchase from the local acute hospital. Quite often people had to wait for more than two days for their ultrasound scan. This meant we were not meeting NICE Guidance standards and people had to remain on prophylactic injections for longer than necessary. Jo developed a business case that demonstrated that we could provide ultrasound scans cost effectively and efficiently.

The challenge: Who’s it for? Why would they be interested? Primarily this development creates an income stream, provides a career development opportunity for Nurses and enables us to meet KPIs.

The goal: What are they each trying to achieve In house ultrasound improves customer satisfaction and contributes to us being ‘the provider of choice’.

The solution: What will make this difference for them The solution is to train Nurses to carry out ultrasound and to purchase an ultrasound machine. Although starting with DVT diagnosis this gives us further opportunities in the future. Jo has just completed a 12 month, degree level training course.

The difference: What we’ve achieved The service operates more efficiently. Patient’s have their scan at the point of assessment, have a faster diagnosis and start the right treatment plan faster. Jo is now an Ambassador for Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity.
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February 26th, 2015
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