Point Prevalence Survey Tools

A Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) is an audit of antimicrobial prescribing, which examines the use of antimicrobials at a single point in time. The aims of point prevalence data collection include; establishing a baseline antimicrobial use data for the hospital, examining prescribing pattern, identifying areas for intervention and benchmarking practice over time in each hospital and with other hospitals.

Previously, conducting the audit was very time consuming with issues relating to the accuracy in the data entry process. National co-ordinators identified that the data collection process could be simplified by using electronic devices, saving several weeks work, reducing transcription errors and improving the accuracy of results. Our digital auditing solution also allows healthcare workers to increase the frequency of surveys providing improved statistics on antibiotic usage in future.

The MEG PPS solution was rolled out as an audit app via mobile devices in an easy to use format. The gathered data is collected on a secure cloud based system with an online control panel, where reports are automatically generated and available to antimicrobial stewardship teams.

Gentamicin & Vancomycin Calculators

Gentamicin is an antibiotic generally used for the treatment of infections and surgical prophylaxis and it can cause serious dose-related side effects including nephrotoxicity and irreversible hearing loss if patients receive an incorrect dosage. Similarly, vancomycin is an antibiotic used for treatment of patients with suspected or proven infections, such as MRSA. When treating these infections, appropriate dosing requires consideration of the infection site, patient weight, renal function and pathogen susceptibility. Careful calculations to individualizing therapy when considering the appropriate dose is vital.

To assist in ensuring correct application of these antibiotics, MEG in conjunction with Irish hospitals, have developed gentamicin and vancomycin calculators considering the factors necessary for accurate dosage. With excellent usability our calculator apps ensure precise results for dosage and can be built based on algorithms specific to your hospital.

Features of MEG devised Gentamicin and Vancomycin calculators:

  • Ease of use
  • Accurate calculations
  • Built based on dosing algorithms provided

Thrombosis Calculators

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) and is a condition where a blood clot forms in a vein, most commonly in a leg vein but can also form in the lungs. VTE assessment, or thrombosis calculators, use a form of evaluation to find out the risk of developing this condition.

At the Rotunda Hospital, Ireland, in 2014 VTE was the leading cause of direct maternal death. Many of these deaths may have been prevented if VTE risk assessment had been performed and appropriate medication prescribed. In conjunction with the Rotunda, MEG developed and implement a user-friendly electronic VTE risk assessment tool for use in women after delivery, aimed at increasing the number of women who undergo formal VTE risk assessment and thereby improve the prevention of VTE.

The midwives and nursing staff of the Rotunda Hospital, who have incorporated this risk assessment tool as part of their standard of care, have been instrumental to the successful implementation of a successful VTE preventative strategy.

Our award winning ‘Thrombocalc’ has provided an easy to use and highly effective mechanism for rapid, accurate assessment of individual postnatal risk.

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