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Largest expansion to clinical areas in AQ programme.

Advancing Quality will almost double the conditions monitored in the North West as part of the quality improvement programme.  AQ and North West Trusts are working together to launch six new clinical focus areas.

The focus areas are highly prevalent clinical conditions affecting patients in the North West. Hospitals that are taking part in the new focus areas have begun work to develop robust means of recording specific data that will allow AQ to monitor the quality of care a patient receives.

Liz Kanwar, AQ Programme Manager, said: “This is the largest expansion ever in the Advancing Quality programme, we are launching more clinical focus areas now than we did when the programme started. The addition of these new areas means that AQ will now cover roughly 10% of admissions to hospitals in the North West.”

The focus areas  will be monitored using measures based on best practice and input from specialist clinicians. The new areas are:

  • Acute Kidney Injury – Acute Kidney Injury is 100 times more deadly than an MRSA infection
  • Alcohol Related Liver Disease – Alcohol misuse is estimated to cost the NHS 3.5 billion pounds a year
  • Chronic obstructive Pulmonary Disease – COPD is the fifth biggest killer in the UK
  • Diabetes – Diabetes results in around 80,000 bed days per year
  • Hip Fracture – There are 300,000fragility fractures every year in the UK
  • Sepsis – 4 out of 10 people with severe sepsis die

The number of clinical focus in Advancing Quality will increase to 14, and the majority of the new areas will be live in hospitals from April 2015.

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