Complete - 2018
Inotrope preparation, administration and monitoring is highly variable in Victorian critical care settings.
We standardised nine medications that support the heart across all intensive care units (ICUs). This will result in smoother and safer transfers for people who require more medical assistance.
By June 2019, more than three quarters of the state’s critical care units were implementing our guidelines.
Of the seven sites that trialled the guidance, none had any adverse patient outcomes, and two even implemented them into other areas of their service such as anaesthetics, cardiology and emergency department.
Improved reliability of clinical practice for medications in the ICU.
80% standardisation of inotropes and vasopressors (centrally administered)