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Posted on 12 Jul 2018
Clinical/acute care
Paediatric

New ViCTOR Fluid Management Charts for paediatric and neonatal care

The Victorian Children’s Tool for Observation and Response (ViCTOR) team has developed new Fluid Management Charts to support special care nurseries, paediatric units, emergency departments and recovery units.

Funded by Safer Care Victoria’s Paediatric Clinical Network, these charts have been developed to provide a standardised and evidence-based approach to fluid management in paediatric and neonatal settings across Victoria.

The charts were piloted and evaluated at eight hospitals across nine pilot sites throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria.

The two new Fluid Management Charts include:

  • ViCTOR Special Care Nursery Fluid Management Chart – for use in the special care nurseries
  • ViCTOR Paediatric Fluid Management Chart – for use in paediatric wards, emergency departments and recovery units.
     

An educational video ‘Fluid Management in Paediatric Patients’ has been developed to support the implementation of the principles of fluid management in hospitalised children.

The new Fluid Management Charts will be formally launched at the Paediatric Clinical Network statewide forum on 2 August, Focus on fluids: Supporting best practice neonatal and paediatric fluid management. Register here.

Measuring paeditric medical emergency responses

A new project will see ViCTOR launch standardised measures for paediatric medical emergency response data.

The ViCTOR Medical Emergency Response Metrics Project is a quality improvement project funded by the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) and Safer Care Victoria’s Paediatric Clinical Network.

The project outlines the development of a set of clinical deterioration metrics to inform a sustainable statewide monitoring framework for reporting paediatric clinical deterioration in Victorian hospitals.

Although the majority of hospitals collect medical emergency response data, they are not using consistent measures, and these measures are not necessarily paediatric specific. To reduce variation in monitoring emergency responses, the project developed a simple one page form which was piloted and evaluated it in 11 Victorian hospitals.

The ViCTOR Medical Emergency Response Metrics are now available for statewide use.

The form, along with ‘instructions for use’ is now available on the ViCTOR website and is free to health services caring for paediatric inpatients.

To access these key resources visit www.victor.org.au.

Page last updated: 13 Jul 2018