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Post-operative Caesarean Instructions for Mom

Overview:

Local nursing team creates post-operative Caeseran brochures for new moms, leading to unanimously positive results.

Even small initiatives can lead to improved patient satisfaction and outcomes.

Why was there a need for your rural health innovation?

Surveys of new moms discharged from our hospital after C-section revealed that they had forgotten much of the verbal teaching we provide regarding their own self-care at home. Of the ten patients we surveyed, 40% felt they didn’t receive enough information on pain management and 20% felt they didn’t receive enough information about incision care.

What rural health innovation did you create—and how did you do it?

Three Quality Improvement and Patient Safety nurses decided to create a take home brochure for moms being discharged home after a Cesarean section. The goal was to improve the patient experience and reduce anxieties post-operatively by providing written instructions that the new moms could reference whenever they need to, rather than just relying on their ability to remember verbal instructions.

Initially we identified that no documents like this existed within document services and the Royal Inland Hospital library. We created a rough draft and utilized feedback from our surgical team (GP surgeons and anesthetists) and patients to optimize our brochure.

Our clinical operations manager supported us throughout this process with some funding for our quality improvement work coming from RSON . A proof is now available through The Royal Printers that any hospital may access and adapt to their own site.

What impact is your rural health innovation having in your community?

Maternity nursing staff and patients were surveyed and all were unanimously positive about the brochure. Patients reported that they were really helpful and that they liked them. We have a small set of quantitative data showing that patients felt they had enough information for self care. Data collection for a set number of post-operative cesarean section patients can take numerous months in a rural setting and we decided we were satisfied with the feedback we had and adopted the brochure.

Brochure: Post-operative Caesarean Section Instructions

How Did this Information Help?

Why was there a need for your rural health innovation?

Surveys of new moms discharged from our hospital after C-section revealed that they had forgotten much of the verbal teaching we provide regarding their own self-care at home. Of the ten patients we surveyed, 40% felt they didn’t receive enough information on pain management and 20% felt they didn’t receive enough information about incision care.

What rural health innovation did you create—and how did you do it?

Three Quality Improvement and Patient Safety nurses decided to create a take home brochure for moms being discharged home after a Cesarean section. The goal was to improve the patient experience and reduce anxieties post-operatively by providing written instructions that the new moms could reference whenever they need to, rather than just relying on their ability to remember verbal instructions.

Initially we identified that no documents like this existed within document services and the Royal Inland Hospital library. We created a rough draft and utilized feedback from our surgical team (GP surgeons and anesthetists) and patients to optimize our brochure.

Our clinical operations manager supported us throughout this process with some funding for our quality improvement work coming from RSON . A proof is now available through The Royal Printers that any hospital may access and adapt to their own site.

What impact is your rural health innovation having in your community?

Maternity nursing staff and patients were surveyed and all were unanimously positive about the brochure. Patients reported that they were really helpful and that they liked them. We have a small set of quantitative data showing that patients felt they had enough information for self care. Data collection for a set number of post-operative cesarean section patients can take numerous months in a rural setting and we decided we were satisfied with the feedback we had and adopted the brochure.

Brochure: Post-operative Caesarean Section Instructions

 

Contact(s):

July Wilkey- CQI Nurse

Phone:

tel:250-837-2131

Community:

Revelstoke

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