An initiative to reduce mortality among sepsis patients has been recognised at this year’s Ko Awatea Health Excellence Awards and Gala dinner.
The initiative, reducing door-to-drug time for sepsis patients in New South Wales’ Belmont Hospital, was awarded for the category of Leading Sustained Quality Improvement – one of eight categories at the awards, part of APAC Forum 2016 in Sydney.
Winner Marcia Ingles said she was a little “stunned” at receiving the award but delighted that it coincided with World Sepsis Day.
Ms Ingles says her father became septic a few years ago after a routine operation.
“It’s become something I’m really passionate about.”
Some 500 delegates convened at Sydney’s Doltone House at Jones Bay Wharf for the event, and were enthusiastically welcomed by Ko Awatea Professor Jonathon Gray.
Professor Gray recognised the work of everyone at the event towards solving the global challenges of healthcare.
“Every person in this room deserves an award,” he said.
“We’re going to be sharing lots of examples of success.”
Brandon Bennett of Ko Awatea and Dr Jennifer Farnden were jointly awarded in the category of Outstanding Leadership in Quality Improvement.
Mr Bennett an improvement advisor at Improvement Science Consulting in the USA, and senior advisor for Ko Awatea said he was “elated” by the win. He has been involved in several Ko Awatea campaigns, including CLAB Zero and 20,000 days, and clocked up 25 trips to New Zealand in that time.
Other winners on the night included:
Western Sydney Local District and Health Infrastructure NSW for Assuring Quality of Healthcare Standards; North West Cancer Centre for the category of Citizens at the Centre of Service Re-Design and Delivery, the Department of Health and Human Services for Developing a Flexible and Sustainable Workforce; St Vincent’s Hospital Australia for Improving Patient Safety; and Queensland Health for Promoting Clinical Research and Application to Practice.
The final award of the night went to Mid North Coast Local Health District for Working Seamlessly with Other Organisations.