Baseline audit evaluation of inpatient diabetes at our hospitals demonstrated that:
Using Define-Measure-Analyse-Improve-Control (DMAIC) methodology, we evaluated the current process of inpatient diabetes management, identified root causes and developed key solutions to benefit patient care. Wide stake holder involvement and engagement was central to process.
The project was carried out across 2 hospital sites: the 783-bed quaternary hospital (Fiona Stanley Hospital) and an associated general hospital (Fremantle Hospital) in Western Australia.
Main outcome was the development and implementation of InDiGO (Inpatient Diabetes & Glucose Optimisation) initiative. This included the development of InDiGO referral guideline (see abbreviated example below) which is being disseminated throughout both hospitals in poster and electronic format. An awareness and education campaign has promoted the InDiGO project. The responding specialist team is known as InDiGO team and we believe adds colour and value to in-patients with diabetes.
Ongoing evaluation of the initiative with outcomes is planned.
Inpatient Diabetes & Glucose Optimisation (InDiGO) Referral Criteria (Abbreviated version)