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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164940
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Improving Communication Using a Cancer Treatment Schedule Tool
Author(s):
Christian, Kathy; Haight, Tanya
Author Details:
Kathy Christian, RN, BSN, OCN, CMSRN, Oncology Educator, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission hills, California, USA, email: kathomasrnocn@yahoo.com; Tanya Haight, RN, OCN, ONC
Abstract:
Clinical/Evidence Based Practice: Administration of chemotherapy is a complex, high risk process requiring clear communication between caregivers to ensure that patients receive their treatment in a timely and safe manner. The Joint Commission has identified the need to reduce patient harm by improving the effectiveness of communication among caregivers. Providence Holy Cross Medical Center had recently implemented a computerized documentation system which presented challenges expressed by the oncology nursing staff regarding communication of complex chemotherapy regimens. A need was identified to develop a tool to assist the oncology nurses to safely and accurately organize and communicate all chemotherapy orders. The purpose of this project was to develop a cancer treatment schedule tool as a quality improvement project to increase safety, staff awareness, communication, and understanding of chemotherapy regimens. The tool was also designed to increase job satisfaction and to enhance patient care. Input was obtained from the oncology staff nurses and a tool was developed to capture daily chemotherapy orders including: pre-medications, daily medications, and daily laboratory testing. Education to the nursing staff was provided on the use of the new tool. Written chemotherapy orders are transferred to the tool for easy reference and tracking by each nurse. The tool was anonymously evaluated by the oncology nursing staff using a four point Likert Scale measuring 6 elements pre and post implementation of the new tool. Response rate was 100% (N=18). Nurses reported that the tool improved patient safety, communication, timeliness, and understanding of chemotherapy regimens. Survey results show that communication among caregivers was enhanced by the use of the Cancer Treatment Schedule Tool. Nurses reported a positive impact on nursing satisfaction regarding handoff among caregivers. Clear and concise communication of chemotherapy orders is essential to ensure safe nursing practice and quality patient care.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2009
Conference Name:
34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleImproving Communication Using a Cancer Treatment Schedule Toolen_GB
dc.contributor.authorChristian, Kathyen_US
dc.contributor.authorHaight, Tanyaen_US
dc.author.detailsKathy Christian, RN, BSN, OCN, CMSRN, Oncology Educator, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission hills, California, USA, email: kathomasrnocn@yahoo.com; Tanya Haight, RN, OCN, ONCen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164940-
dc.description.abstractClinical/Evidence Based Practice: Administration of chemotherapy is a complex, high risk process requiring clear communication between caregivers to ensure that patients receive their treatment in a timely and safe manner. The Joint Commission has identified the need to reduce patient harm by improving the effectiveness of communication among caregivers. Providence Holy Cross Medical Center had recently implemented a computerized documentation system which presented challenges expressed by the oncology nursing staff regarding communication of complex chemotherapy regimens. A need was identified to develop a tool to assist the oncology nurses to safely and accurately organize and communicate all chemotherapy orders. The purpose of this project was to develop a cancer treatment schedule tool as a quality improvement project to increase safety, staff awareness, communication, and understanding of chemotherapy regimens. The tool was also designed to increase job satisfaction and to enhance patient care. Input was obtained from the oncology staff nurses and a tool was developed to capture daily chemotherapy orders including: pre-medications, daily medications, and daily laboratory testing. Education to the nursing staff was provided on the use of the new tool. Written chemotherapy orders are transferred to the tool for easy reference and tracking by each nurse. The tool was anonymously evaluated by the oncology nursing staff using a four point Likert Scale measuring 6 elements pre and post implementation of the new tool. Response rate was 100% (N=18). Nurses reported that the tool improved patient safety, communication, timeliness, and understanding of chemotherapy regimens. Survey results show that communication among caregivers was enhanced by the use of the Cancer Treatment Schedule Tool. Nurses reported a positive impact on nursing satisfaction regarding handoff among caregivers. Clear and concise communication of chemotherapy orders is essential to ensure safe nursing practice and quality patient care.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:09:41Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:09:41Z-
dc.conference.date2009en_US
dc.conference.name34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationSan Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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