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Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) leaflets

Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) leaflets

We're pleased to release 17 new information leaflets covering enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS). The procedures covered are:

  • ER_CR03 Hemicolectomy for Colon Cancer (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_CR04 Surgery for Rectal Cancer (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_CR05 Closure of Loop Ileostomy (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_CR06 Closure of Loop Colostomy (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_CR07 Surgery for Diverticular Disease (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_CR10 Reversal of Hartmann's Procedure (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_CR12 Abdominal Surgery for Crohn's Disease (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_OG01 Abdominal Hysterectomy (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_OG02 Vaginal Hysterectomy (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_OG08 Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_OS01 Total Hip Replacement (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_OS02 Total Knee Replacement (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_OS37 Resurfacing Hip Replacement (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_UG04 Oesophagectomy (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_UG05 Gastrectomy (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_UG10 Total Gastrectomy (Enhanced Recovery)
  • ER_UG11 Partial Gastrectomy (Enhanced Recovery)

Please contact us on info@smservices.net.au or 1800 211 511 or on twitter at @s_m_services for more information.

9 new patient information brochures released

9 new patient information brochures released

We are pleased to announce the release of the following 9 new patient information brochures, bringing the total number of available brochures to 327:

  • CM02 Gynaecomastia Surgery
  • OG25 Laparoscopic Oophorectomy
  • OG26 Laparoscopic Myomectomy
  • OG29 Laparoscopic Subtotal Hysterectomy
  • OS41 Revision Total Knee Replacement
  • OS43 Wrist Fracture Surgery (child)
  • OS44 Elbow Fracture Surgery (child)
  • PS19 Surgery for Hypospadias (child)
  • UR19 Emergency Surgery for Pain in the Scrotum (adult)

Please contact us for further information.

Are you ready for the NSQHS Standards?

Are you ready for the NSQHS Standards?

The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) will be implemented nationally from 1 January 2013 and will be compulsory for the majority of public and private healthcare organisations. Standard 2: Partnering with Consumers provides the framework for active partnership with consumers by health service organisations and requires that consumers be consulted on patient information distributed by organisations.

We have taken steps to ensure consumer input in the development of our patient information brochures and have received official endorsement of our library from the Australian Patients Association (APA). The APA logo appears on all of our brochures and our recent media release can be viewed on our website.

It is now widely accepted that healthcare providers, healthcare organisations and consumers are all partners in the healthcare system. A 2010 review of patient engagement strategies (Invest in Engagement web site. Picker Institute Europe, 2010 (www.investinengagement.info)) found that involving consumers in the development of health information and materials was an effective approach for improving patient–provider communication and consequently, partnerships between the health service organisation and consumers.

Evidence is mounting for a connection between effective partnerships, good consumer experience and high quality health care. For example there is evidence that the existence of effective partnerships is associated with:

  • improved clinical outcomes including associations with decreased re-admission rates
  • decreased rates of healthcare acquired infections
  • improved delivery of preventive care services
  • improved adherence to treatment regimens
  • improved functional status.

Studies from the United States have also found that delivering health care based on partnerships can result in reduced hospital costs, lower cost per case and reduced length of stay.

The ACSQHC suggests that "If you do not develop your own information publications – you should try to source and use publications that have been developed in partnership with consumers."

To find out how to access our library of over 300 patient information brochures, call 1800 211 511 or contact us through this website. Contact us today to avoid the high cost and hassle of devloping and maintaining your own patient information brochures.

This text has been adapted from the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards published by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. The Standards are available from the ACSQHC website at www.safetyandquality.gov.au

11 new patient information brochures released

11 new patient information brochures released

We have released the following 11 new patient information brochures bringing the total number of available brochures to 318:

  • CR15 Laparoscopic Hemicolectomy for Colon Cancer
  • CR16 Laparoscopic Surgery for Rectal Cancer
  • CR17 Laparoscopic Reversal of Hartmann’s Procedure
  • CR18 Laparoscopic Abdominal Surgery for Crohn’s Disease
  • GS01 Open Inguinal Hernia Repair (male) (Emergency)
  • GS02 Paraumbilical and Umbilical Hernia Repair (Emergency)
  • GS03 Femoral Hernia Repair (Emergency)
  • GS04 Open Incisional Hernia Repair (Emergency)
  • GS11 Open Inguinal Hernia Repair (female) (Emergency)
  • OS39 Arthroscopy of the Hip
  • OP11 Intravitreal Injection for Macular Degeneration

Please contact us for further information.

Australian Patients Association endorses INFOrm4U library of patient information brochures

Australian Patients Association endorses INFOrm4U library of patient information brochures

31st July 2012

APA endorses Specialist Management Services patient information brochures

The Australian Patients Association (APA) has teamed up with Specialist Management Services (SMS) to promote informed patient consent and communication through the endorsement of SMS’s INFOrm4U library of 300 detailed surgical information brochures.

The brochures, which are used by the Western Australia Department of Health, Royal Hobart Hospital and Southern Health (Victoria’s largest health service), are designed to be used alongside a consultation to help patients consider the risks, benefits and alternatives to procedures in order to make informed decisions about their treatment. They can also be taken away and re‐read before an operation, helping to target conversation about concerns and subsequently shortening consultation times and reducing calls to the hospital.

Stephen Mason, Chief Executive Officer of the APA, said, “A primary aim of the APA is to educate patients about the risks involved in operations and procedures, and for them to become more heavily involved in managing their own health and health care decisions. The availability of these excellent information brochures furthers these aims. It is for these reasons we are happy to endorse SMS’s library.”

Brendon Tudor, Business Development Manager at SMS, said, “One of our key objectives has always been to encourage the use of high quality, clear patient information to aid the informed consent process ‐ for the mutual benefit of patients and surgeons. This endorsement indicates the APA’s willingness to work with SMS to improve overall patient care and health outcomes.”

To find out how to access SMS’s INFOrm4U library of 300 detailed surgical information brochures, call 1800 211 511 or contact us through this website.

Notes to Editor:

  • Specialist Management Services is the Australian distributor for EIDO Healthcare, publishers of INFOrm4U patient information brochures.
  • The Australian Patients Association is dedicated to championing and protecting the rights and interests of patients, and improving overall patient care and health outcomes. For more information please visit www.patients.org.auFor further information please contact:Jeanine Purdie | Tel: 03 9867 2526 or Mobile: 0408 944 859 | Email: jpurdie@patients.org.au
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7 new patient information brochures released

We have released 7 new patient information brochures:- MF08 TMJ Arthroscopy - OS38 Surgery for Tennis Elbow - PS23 Surgery for Pilonidal Sinus (child) - UR15 Bladder-Neck Incision - CR14 Laparoscopic Surgery for Diverticular Disease - DT02 Inserting a Dental Implant - DT04 Apicectomy

4 new patient information brochures released

We have released four new patient information brochures: Maxillofacial - MF07 Apicectomy

Obs & Gynae - OG30 Thermal Balloon Endometrial Ablation - OG31 Radio-Frequency Endometrial Ablation

Orthopaedics - OS28 Revision Total Shoulder Replacement

Please contact us for more details.

2 new patient information brochures released

We have released two new patient information brochures:- MF06 Inserting a Dental Implant - CT08 Imaging-Assisted Pleural Biopsy and Drainage Please contact us for more details.

2 new patient information brochures released

We have released two new patient information brochures:- ENT12 Turbinectomy - UR03 Localised Prostate Cancer (Treatment Options) Please contact us for more details.

10 new patient information brochures released

We have released 10 new patient information brochures including:- General Anaesthetic (child) - Day Case - Thyroidectomy (for Nodule) - Day Case - Thyroidectomy (for Goitre) - Day Case - Sub-Total Thyroidectomy (for Thyrotoxicosis) - Day Case - Parathyroidectomy - Day Case - Total Thyroidectomy (for Thyrotoxicosis) - Day Case - Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair - Day Case - Laparoscopic Gastric Banding - Day Case - Lumbar Microdiscectomy - Day Case - Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication Please contact us for further information.

6 new patient information brochures released

We have released the following new patient information brochures:

  • CM05 Liposuction
  • DT01 Removing Wisdom Teeth
  • DT03 Removing Teeth
  • OS30 Revision Total Elbow Replacement
  • OS33 De Quervain's Disease
  • V13 Toe and Forefoot Amputation

Please contact us for more information.

8 new patient information brochures released

We are pleased to announce that we have released 8 new brochures. The new brochures we have released are as follows:

  • B12 Breast Reconstruction with an Implant or Tissue Expander
  • DP01 Reducing your risk of developing a blood clot
  • GS23 Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair
  • MF05 Mandibular Sagittal Split Osteotomy
  • NS03 Cervical Laminectomy
  • OS32 Trapeziectomy
  • OS36 Trigger Finger Release
  • R12 Prostate Biopsy

Please contact us for further information.

61 new Day Case patient information brochures released

We have released 61 new Day Case brochures bringing our total number of Day Case brochures to 101. Our new list of Day Case brochures is as follows: DC_B02 Day Case - Mastectomy

DC_B03 Day Case - Wide Local Excision

DC_B04 Day Case - Imaging-Assisted Wide Local Excision

DC_B05 Day Case - Microdochectomy

DC_B06 Day Case - Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump

DC_CA03 Day Case - Inserting a Pacemaker

DC_CA05 Day Case - External Cardioversion

DC_CM03 Day Case - Otoplasty (child)

DC_CM06 Day Case - Otoplasty (adult)

DC_CR08 Day Case - Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy

DC_CR09 Day Case - Haemorrhoidectomy

DC_CR11 Day Case - Surgery for Anal Fistula

DC_CR13 Day Case - Injection or Banding of Haemorrhoids

DC_E04 Day Case - ERCP

DC_E06 Day Case - Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

DC_ENT01 Day Case - Grommet Insertion (child)

DC_ENT02 Day Case - Grommet Insertion (adult)

DC_ENT03 Day Case - Septoplasty and Submucous Resection

DC_ENT04 Day Case - Tonsillectomy (adult)

DC_ENT05 Day Case - Adenoidectomy (child)

DC_ENT07 Day Case - Tonsillectomy (child)

DC_ENT09 Day Case - Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

DC_ENT10 Day Case - Rhinoplasty

DC_ENT13 Day Case - Stapedectomy

DC_GS01 Day Case - Open Inguinal Hernia Repair (male)

DC_GS02 Day Case - Paraumbilical and Umbilical Hernia Repair

DC_GS03 Day Case - Femoral Hernia Repair

DC_GS04 Day Case - Open Incisional Hernia Repair

DC_GS05 Day Case - Removing Benign Skin Lesions

DC_GS06 Day Case - Abscess Incision and Drainage

DC_GS11 Day Case - Open Inguinal Hernia Repair (female)

DC_GS12 Day Case - Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair (TAPP)

DC_GS13 Day Case - Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair (TEP)

DC_GS15 Day Case - Surgery for Pilonidal Sinus

DC_GS16 Day Case - Surgery for Ingrowing Toenail (adult)

DC_GS20 Day Case - Elective Diagnostic Laparoscopy

DC_MF01 Day Case - Removing Wisdom Teeth

DC_MF03 Day Case - Removing Teeth

DC_OG04 Day Case - Hysteroscopy

DC_OG05 Day Case - Hysteroscopic Endometrial Ablation

DC_OG06 Day Case - Diagnostic Laparoscopy

DC_OG07 Day Case - Laparoscopy and Dye Test

DC_OG09 Day Case - Laparoscopic Sterilisation

DC_OG10 Day Case - Termination of Pregnancy

DC_OG13 Day Case - Colposcopy and LLETZ

DC_OG15 Day Case - Suction D and C

DC_OG19 Day Case - Inserting a Tension-Free Vaginal Tape

DC_OG22 Day Case - Microwave Endometrial Ablation

DC_OG23 Day Case - Anterior Repair

DC_OG24 Day Case - Posterior Repair

DC_OG28 Day Case - Surgery for Ectopic Pregnancy

DC_OP01 Day Case - Cataract Surgery (Phacoemulsification)

DC_OP02 Day Case - Blepharoplasty

DC_OP03 Day Case - Glaucoma Surgery (Trabeculectomy)

DC_OP04 Day Case - Retinal Detachment Surgery

DC_OP05 Day Case - Corneal Transplant Surgery

DC_OP06 Day Case - Correcting a Squint (child)

DC_OP07 Day Case - Entropion and Ectropion Repair

DC_OP08 Day Case - Ptosis Surgery (adult)

DC_OP09 Day Case - Correcting a Squint (adult)

DC_OP10 Day Case - Ptosis Surgery (child)

DC_OS03 Day Case - Arthroscopy of the Knee

DC_OS04 Day Case - ACL Reconstruction

DC_OS05 Day Case - Carpal Tunnel Release

DC_OS06 Day Case - Dupuytren's Fasciectomy

DC_OS07 Day Case - Bunion Surgery

DC_OS16 Day Case - Shoulder Surgery (Rotator Cuff)

DC_OS19 Day Case - Excision of a Ganglion

DC_OS20 Day Case - Surgery for Problems of the Small Toes

DC_OS21 Day Case - Ulnar Nerve Release

DC_OS24 Day Case - Arthroscopy of the Wrist

DC_OS25 Day Case - Arthroscopy of the Elbow

DC_OS26 Day Case - Arthroscopy of the Shoulder

DC_OS27 Day Case - Removing Metalware

DC_OS34 Day Case - Arthroscopy of the Ankle

DC_OS36 Day Case - Trigger Finger Release

DC_PS01 Day Case - Inguinal Hernia Repair (child)

DC_PS02 Day Case - Circumcision (child)

DC_PS03 Day Case - Orchidopexy for a Palpable Testicle (child)

DC_PS05 Day Case - Umbilical Hernia Repair (child)

DC_PS06 Day Case - Hydrocele Repair (child)

DC_PS15 Day Case - Surgery for Ingrowing Toenail (child)

DC_PS17 Day Case - Tongue-Tie Surgery (child)

DC_R02 Day Case - Angiogram and Angioplasty (Lower Limb)

DC_R05 Day Case - Liver Biopsy

DC_TP04 Day Case - Creating an Arteriovenous Fistula

DC_UG06 Day Case - Staging Laparoscopy for Cancer

DC_UG07 Day Case - Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

DC_UR02 Day Case - Bilateral Vasectomy

DC_UR04 Day Case - Surgery for Benign Scrotal Lumps

DC_UR05 Day Case - Circumcision (adult)

DC_UR06 Day Case - Rigid Cystoscopy (male)

DC_UR07 Day Case - Flexible Cystoscopy (male)

DC_UR10 Day Case - Urethrotomy

DC_UR11 Day Case - Rigid Cystoscopy (female)

DC_UR12 Day Case - Flexible Cystoscopy (female)

DC_UR13 Day Case - Ureteroscopy

DC_V03 Day Case - Varicose Veins Surgery

DC_V07 Day Case - Lumbar Chemical Sympathectomy

DC_V09 Day Case - Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy

DC_V11 Day Case - Endovenous Ablation