Use of nurse-led telephone follow-up as a sole method of assessing patients after nasal surgery (England)
posted by WM Admin on 9 April 2015
Patients undergoing nasal surgery have historically been routinely followed up in consultant led clinics some months after surgery. It has been noted that a significant proportion of these patients either did not attend these appointments or did not require them, impacting on the efficiency of ENT outpatient clinics.
A quality improvement project was undertaken to assess this problem and to propose a new patient pathway whereby patients are contacted by ENT nursing staff by telephone three months following surgery. During these telephone conversations only 9.5% of patients requested outpatient follow-up and all of these patients were discharged upon their follow-up. The project demonstrates that nurse-led follow up is an efficient, effective and safe way of managing patient care post-nasal surgery.
This article is available to read in free full text at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjquality.u208386.w3311
Sooby, P. & Kirkland, P. (2015). Use of nurse-led telephone follow-up as a sole method of assessing patients after nasal surgery. BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, 4.