Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The SPHPM wins at the Alfed Research Week!

Last week was “Alfred Week” which showcases research projects across AMREP, including Alfred Health, Monash University, the Burnet Institute and Baker Institute. The SPHPM staff and students were involved in two projects that were awarded prizes for their contribution to patient safety.

Surendra Karki, A/Prof Allen Cheng and the Infection Prevention team at Alfred Health were awarded Alfred Health's Chairman of the Board Award for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement for their project on the duration of VRE carriage. This project, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, found that patients colonized with the "superbug" VRE may not necessarily need to be isolated every time they enter hospital.

 A team from the Pharmacy Department at Alfred Health with A/Prof Allen Cheng from the SPHPM were awarded the Alfred Health Director of Research Prize for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement for their project on the pharmacist-led dosing of vancomycin and aminoglycosides. This study showed improvements after pharmacists became involved in dosing and monitoring decisions for these antibiotics, which are notoriously difficult to dose correctly.

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