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Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District - Winners at NSW Health Awards
Stuart Ayres said a world first test to identify which influenza patients will need urgent, life-saving treatment and an innovative project to give patients a voice during the nursing shift handover have won awards.
“The NBMLHD teams are doing a fantastic job and these awards are recognition of their commitment to better patient outcomes,” said Stuart Ayres.
The Health Research and Innovation Award went to a NBMLHD team who developed a world-first High-risk Influenza Screen Test (HIST) to detect an ‘early warning signal’ in the patient’s blood that ‘kick starts’ their immune system to fight the infection.
The test, developed by Dr Benjamin Tang from Nepean Hospital, needs only a single drop of blood and a few hours to predict, with 91 percent accuracy, which influenza patients will develop potentially deadly secondary infections, such as pneumonia.
Previously doctors could only detect influenza infection but didn’t know which patients would be at risk of rapid deterioration.
The High-risk Influenza Screen Test runs on equipment already available in most pathology laboratories and is the first patent granted to Nepean Hospital.
Winning the category, Patients as Partners, the Patient’s Voice project led by NBMLHD Nurse Manager Kim Maddock empowers patients to provide feedback to staff and guide the discussion during the shift handover at 2pm each day.
The project is now being rolled out to other hospitals in the LHD after a successful pilot at Nepean Hospital in the Neurology and Gastroenterology wards decreased clinical incidents and increased patient involvement in their care increased.
NBMLHD Board Chair, Peter Collins, says the Awards highlight the significant contribution our staff are making to healthcare.
“I am proud of the innovation and research breakthroughs our staff are delivering not just for the patients in our region but worldwide,” says Mr Collins.
“Winning two prestigious NSW Health Awards recognises our commitment to improving our services and the health outcomes for our community through bold new programs based on rigorous clinical evidence.”
“I congratulate Dr Benjamin Tang, Kim Maddock and their teams on their well-deserved awards.”
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