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Posted on 28 May 2018
Clinical/acute care

This expression of interest has now closed.

Safer Care Victoria's Critical Care Clinical Network (CCCN) is seeking expressions of interest from Victorian ICUs to participate in a pilot to standardise inotropes and vasopressors.

Inotrope preparation, administration and monitoring is highly variable in Victorian critical care settings.

The initiative is a priority project for the CCCN and aims to standardise the 10 medications that support the heart across all intensive care units (ICUs). Read more about the project.

Health services participating in the pilot will be asked to implement nine guidelines for inotropes and vasopressors over a 16 week period.

In addition, health services will review the inotropes and vasopressors learning package, a resource used by Liverpool ICU and endorsed by the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI).

To support health services in undertaking the pilot a number of change management strategies will be available.

Why standardised guidelines?

In 2016, the Victorian ICUs identified the need to standardise the central administration of inotropes and vasopressors. Standardisation of inotropes and vasopressors will help reduce medication error and improve outcomes for patients. Clinicians will also benefit through access to up-to-date evidence based guidelines. 

    Who should apply?

    We are looking for participants from the following categories:

    • Inner metropolitan Melbourne
    • Outer metropolitan Melbourne
    • Private hospital
    • Regional/rural hospital. 

    This pilot will be particularly beneficial if your organisation is considering updating it’s inotropes and vasopressors guidelines, is ready to learn and implement change management principles and has a team of people with the capacity to support the implementation.

    How to apply

    Download the expression of interest form below and submit to Claire Anderson, by Friday 1 June 2018.

    For more information about the pilot please download the information form below.

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