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Paging the Way for Strong Prostacyclin PH Patient Management

Lauren Hulett

John Havener

Amy Heidenreich

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Conference: 2015 PH Professional Network Symposium

Release Date: 09.17.2015

Presentation Type: Abstracts

File Download: 2015 Symposium Abstract - 1008

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Purpose

Establishing a single point of contact via a dedicated PH pager for prostacyclin patients at hospital entry points for anyone seeking care at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Background

Due to the complex nature of prostacyclin patients, a standard of care was established to enhance the safety of these patients while in the facility. A collaborative effort among the Emergency Room, nursing staff, procedural areas, physicians, pharmacy and outpatient coordinators was made to streamline formal notification and documentation process for planned and unplanned situations.

Methods

It was developed by a multi-disciplinary committee to increase patient safety.

Results

A dedicated PH staff nurse carries the pager 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Anytime a patient is identified to be on a prostacyclin agent including: IV, oral or inhaled, the pager is activated and the situation is triaged by the dedicated PH staff nurse. Appropriate heightened awareness is brought to the patient situation. Staffing measures were made to ensure proper coverage.

Conclusion

By utilizing the PH pager system, the staff has been able to timely triage urgent prostacyclin issues, increase continuity of care, facilitate proper placement of patients to the designated PH inpatient units and increase patient satisfaction by demonstrating competency of staff members.