Aim: There were delays reported by patients in chemotherapy administration in daycare oncology. Therefore, we decided to audit all processes which are involved in chemotherapy administration. The objective was to improve our service by decreasing the time between admission and initiation of chemotherapy and identify the reasons for delays.
Materials and Methods: The audit was conducted in three parts. In Review I, audit tool was developed and information documented of 109 patients receiving chemotherapy at daycare center from April 14 to May 13, 2015. Five processes were assessed out of which delay in initial assessment by the nurse was the only factor identified leading to delay in chemotherapy. Review II was done from March 1 to 31, 2016 of 208 patients after increasing the number of nurses and Review III from June 7 to August 25, 2016 of 287 patients by dividing the initial assessment process at two different areas to decrease delay in initial assessment.
Results: Seventy-two percent of patients had their initial assessment done within 15 min of arrival in daycare in the first audit. In the second part of audit this percentage decreased to 55%, and finally, in the third part of the audit, percentage was improved and increased to 75% after separating initial assessment process into two areas (P < 0.001, Kruskal-Wallis test).
Conclusion: After separating initial assessment process into two different areas, delays in chemotherapy administration were reduced.
Indian journal of cancer.
(2018). Clinical audit to assess delays in chemotherapy administration at daycare oncology center at a tertiary care hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Indian journal of cancer., 55(1), 111-114.
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