This course will help you learn how you can improve quality by better understanding your practice and processes through clinical audit.
Listen to Pam Mosedale as she speaks with Louise Northway RVN about performing clinical audits in practice.
This document by Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) sets out updated criteria for best practice in local clinical audit.
You can use this template to assist you in performing a clinical audit in your practice.
A handy infographic that explains the process of performing a clinical audit. Ideal to print!
Lou the Vet Nurse tells us why she finds clinical audits so useful, and how you can follow in her footsteps.
Read how the implementation of clinical audit and checklists allowed one practice to investigate and improve their intravenous catheter complication rates.
Pam Mosedale chats to Daniel Pang, an Associate Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesiology at the University of Calgary about his clinical audits in both small and large animals, covering subjects such as hypothermia management.
Use this checklist when planning and completing your audit to help you remember the steps.
Clinical Audits carried out in an individual practice for the purpose of QI will not normally raise ethical issues or require formal ethics approval. Due to the process of data collection, Clinical Audit may look similar to aspects of practice-based Clinical Veterinary Research. Therefore, it is important to understand the difference between the two and the ethical issues that could arise. This is particularly important if you are thinking of publishing your audit.