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Series 2: Episode 3: Case examples

The Quality Improvement (QI) Boxset will allow you to learn about Quality Improvement with small bite-sized episodes of content. Just like streaming services, you can scroll and pick and choose what you want to watch or listen to. 

This section is unlike the other episodes in our QI Boxset. This is a library of all RCVS Knowledge’s clinical audit case examples. By searching for a topic, you will be able to find examples of other teams’ clinical audits that are most relatable to your area of work. Please choose the examples you’d like to read, watch, or listen to, and be inspired.


Auditing an equine surgical safety checklist

Auditing an equine surgical safety checklist

CPD: 10 minutes

This case example shows how the team at Newnham Court Equine implemented a surgical safety checklist to improve patient safety. Completion of the checklist is monitored through regular auditing.

× surgical × safety × checklist × auditing × equine × horse × surgery × knowledge awards × 2020 × highly commended

Post-operative neutering complications

Post-operative neutering complications

CPD: 20 minutes

This award-winning case example shows how post-operative neutering complications were monitored using the National Audit for Small Animal Neutering via vetAUDIT.org. Complications were cut down by half by assessing hygiene and post-operative care guidelines.

× neutering × spay × castrate × routine × surgical × dog × cat × complication × outcome × small animal × companion animal × NASAN × vetAUDIT × knowledge awards × champion × 2020

Post-operative temperature audit

Post-operative temperature audit

CPD: 10 minutes

This case example shows how Sandra Hunt and her team at The Laurels performed an audit to see if post-operative temperatures were being taken in practice. Once they had identified their in-house benchmark, they then set out to improve, and re-audit to measure their improvement.

× hypothermia × temperature × post-operative × surgical × small animal × companion animal × dog × cat × knowledge awards × highly commended × 2020

Dental analgesia audit

Dental analgesia audit

CPD: 10 minutes

This case example shows how Kay Lockwood, from Riversbrook Veterinary Group, performed an audit to see if feline patients were receiving local anaesthetic nerve blocks when having dental extractions.

× dental × cat × feline × analgesia × pain relief × anaesthesia × surgery × small animal × companion animal × knowledge awards × 2020 × highly commended

Peri-operative temperature audit

Peri-operative temperature audit

CPD: 10 minutes

This case example shows how Holly Warrilow RVN performed several audits over short periods to identify whether patient temperatures were being taken during the peri-operative period and to implement improvements to benefit patient care within the same period. Holly was awarded Highly Commended in the 2020 Knowledge Awards for her QI initiative.

× hypothermia × temperature × small animal × companion animal × dog × cat × operative × surgical × recovery × Knowledge award × 2020 × highly commended

Warm air blanket and hypothermia audit

Warm air blanket and hypothermia audit

CPD: 20 minutes

This audit was inspired after the practice purchased a warm air circulating blanket for anaesthetic procedures, prompting the team to perform a process audit to ensure that the equipment was being utilised, and an outcome audit to see if the equipment was having a positive effect on patient care and recovery.

× Knowledge award × champion × audit × hypothermia × process × outcome × small animal × companion animal × dog × cat × 2021 × peri-operative hypothermia