What is the NPS DMACS drug use evaluation (DUE) toolkit?
The DMACS DUE toolkit was created after a national quality improvement project in 49 Australian public and private hospitals. The toolkit contains:
- An electronic audit tool for data collection and summary reporting
- Resources to support the DUE process
- Educational resources to assist healthcare professionals improve their knowledge and implement learning about the discharge management of patients with ACS.
The DUE cycle
DUE promotes optimal drug therapy. It involves:
- Monitoring drug use
- Comparing drug use with specific predefined standards or best practice to identify gaps
- Initiating targeted actions/interventions where gaps in practice are identified
The DMACS DUE toolkit follows the steps outlined in the DMACS DUE cycle.
1. Gain support
2. Collect data
3. Evaluate data
4. Provide feedback
6. Assess impact
7. Monitor and re-evaluate
Why use the NPS DMACS DUE toolkit?The DMACS DUE toolkit enables users to:
- audit the quality of patient care at discharge for patients diagnosed with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) by measuring key quality indicators including:
- discharge medication
- referral to cardiac rehabilitation program
- communication to patient and their carers and primary healthcare provider
- provide real-time reporting of key indicators/performance measures at an individualhospital level to identify opportunities for improvement
- provide indicator feedback data in a user-friendly format to inform appropriate educational intervention/quality improvement strategy/s
- Determine the quality of the discharge management of patients with ACS in your hospital.
- Take the lead in tailored hospital-focused educational intervention for behaviour change and quality improvement in discharge management of patients with ACS.
- Assist your hospital to comply with standards and guidelines such as the National Heart Foundation ACS guidelines; the Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council Guiding principles to achieve continuity in medication management, JULY 2005; Queensland Health Quality Complaints Commission standard: Management of acute myocardial infarction on and following discharge or transfer and Indicators for Quality Use of Medicines in Australian Hospitals.
- Earn professional development points.
Who should use the DMACS DUE toolkit?The toolkit is available to all hospitals and suitable for use by hospital medical, surgical, pharmacy and nursing staff working with patients with a discharge diagnosis of ACS.
Note that this toolkit is not only intended for use by hospitals that participated in the initial DMACS project, but any hospital with an interest in improving the quality of discharge management of patients with ACS.