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Weekly Clinical Policy, Guideline, Delegation Protocol Updates
Weekly Clinical Policy, Guideline, Delegation Protocol Updates - Clinical Hub, UW Health Clinical Tool Search
Week of February 5
- Blood Cultures for Pediatric Patients (New)
This policy was created to align with the previously approved Blood Cultures for Adult Patients. Its intent is to ensure that blood cultures are only taken in appropriate circumstances using accepted standard techniques, and to reduce inappropriate sampling, reduce contamination and optimize the recovery of pathogens by standardization of practice.
- Determination of Brain Death (New)
This policy was created to define the standards for the determination of brain death in accordance with institutional, state, and federal requirements. The Universal Death Act of 1993, Critical Care Society Guidelines of 2010, and Wisconsin Statues Section 146.71 were utilized while creating this policy. Brain death declaration cannot be completed by any member of the organ recovery or transplant team.
- UW Health Patient Care Delegation Protocols
This policy was updated to include the Medical Board’s approval of allowing Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) as delegates. This policy provides a process for the development, approval, implementation and routine multidisciplinary review of patient care protocols that include delegated authority to initiate orders within UW Health.
- Traffic Control in Perioperative Areas (New)
This policy went from a Departmental Policy to a UW Health Clinical Policy to clearly define the surgical suite divisions. Furthermore, it provides a plan to control movement within the Surgical Suite for infection control, patient and employee safety, and efficient use of personnel and time.
- Cardiac Assessment of Liver Transplant Candidates – Adult – Inpatient/Ambulatory (New)
This guideline was developed to help reduce the number of invasive catheterizations in liver transplant candidates and to give guidance on what tests/interventions are necessary based off a patient’s cardiovascular risk factors and co-morbidities. Highlights include what cardiovascular risk factors all transplant candidates should be assessed for and which patients are candidates for calcium score with coronary computer tomography angiography as part of their cardiac evaluation.