The diabetes clinic at Women’s Hospital introduced the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring system for their patients suffering from type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. The unique user-friendly technology allows women to scan, instead of prick, their finger for glucose readings. The digital system is especially helpful for those who are hyperglycemic and test their blood glucose frequently. The small sensor automatically measures and continuously stores glucose readings day and night through a tiny glucose sensor worn under the skin and is connected to a water-resistant plastic on-body patch. Clinicians are utilizing the technology to empower patients to selfmonitor their glucose readings in real time by regularly checking their results and adjusting their routine if needed. After 14 days of monitoring, patients meet with clinicians to download their extensive results and review the information together so they can formulate an action plan and best manage their diabetes. The system was also introduced at the National Diabetes Centers in Hamad General Hospital and Al Wakra Hospital.
In collaboration with the Hamad International Training Center, Women’s Hospital conducted a series of hospital-wide training sessions to enhance patient care and safety by strengthening teamwork and inter-professional working among Hamad’s hospital network. This is the first time a hospital in the region has carried out the training provided by the renowned TeamSTEPPS program, an evidence-based teamwork system that focuses on producing highly effective medical teams that optimize the use of information, people and resources to attain the best possible clinical outcomes for patients. In each session participants are taught four key competencies based on leadership, communications, situational monitoring and mutual support. As of the end of 2016, more than 800 clinicians from the hospital’s nursing, obstetrics and gynecology and anesthesia teams, as well as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, had participated in the week-long training session held in the hospital’s dedicated multi-purpose training room.
Women’s Hospital has implemented an award-winning project to increase quality and safety in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by reducing late onset bloodstream infections, some of which can occur after 72 hours of life. The project required teams to implement a series of initiatives such as establishing standardized approaches for peripheral intravenous (IV) line insertions, their maintenance and removal. In addition, the unit introduced a training program for nurses and a strict hand hygiene improvement initiative for both visitors and staff. Due to the combined initiatives, the Women’s Hospital team has reduced the hospital-acquired infection rate in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by 17 percent amongst high-risk newborns.
Women’s Hospital began offering hysteroscopy procedures in the Outpatient Department for suitable patients. As a result, these women will no longer need to be admitted for surgery, which will reduce their length of stay in the hospital. The 40-minute procedure is performed without anesthesia, allowing these patients to resume their normal daily activities quickly following the procedure. For Women’s Hospital, offering hysteroscopy in the Outpatient Department has resulted in increased efficiencies in terms of bed capacity and decreased the number of patients waiting for surgery.