QI

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Inhaler Technique Check

The Asthma and COPD Annual Review (Project TWO of TWO)

QI projects are built as a TWO-PART component

Part 1

Setup

Here you set up and understand the project, ensuring you have everything in place to start your project

Part 2

Project

Here you have all the tools and resources to keep track of your progress towards completing the project successfully

Better setup, better success

Setup

Getting started

Getting started

Start by working through the set-up phase of this project, setting yourself a goal according to the time you have available to dedicate to this project, ensuring your team are aware of the project and you have been given the authorisation from your practice manager to complete the project.

Progress through the Set-up phase of your QI project before moving down to the Project phase.

The aim of this QI project

The aim of this Quality Improvement Project is to evidence an inhaler technique check in the last year for 70% or more of people with asthma and/or COPD, with the appropriate SNOMED code in their notes, by November 2021.

This is the second of two projects in the series, which involves checking the inhaler technique of all patients with Asthma and COPD.

Who is this project suitable for?

This QI project is aimed at primary care teams who have a register of COPD patients.

Why is this important?

Data collected from GP practices across Wales suggest that only 44.4% patients on the COPD and Asthma registers have had their inhaler technique checked.

This QI project will ensure that every patient on the Asthma and COPD registers know how to take their inhalers with good technique, and know where to access videos for a refresher of the correct inhaler technique.

What will I get for completing this project?

Good data entry directly improves patient care, which will also help you identify gaps or errors in the patient record or diagnosis.

On completion of this QI project, you will also get a certificate for your work. You will also be able to use this QI project as evidence towards CPD and professional revalidation.

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Readiness

Make sure you have the knowledge and expertise to undertake this project successfully.

If you are confident you have the skills and knowledge to manage a patient with Asthma and COPD, mark this section as complete using the button below.

If you want to check your level of understanding, or need a refresher, check out the associated learning and assessments for this QI project, in line with the All Wales approach.

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Your capacity

Capacity is the most important aspect for the successful completion of any project  – ensure you have the capacity, time and ability to complete your project in a suitable timeframe.

Start by outlining how much time you have to commit to this project.

For example: Over the next six weeks, I will commit one 4-hour clinic (Wednesday afternoon) to completing this project.

And use the calculator provided to work out how many patients you can review in this time.

It is estimated that each patient action for this QI project will take 15 minutes, but adapt locally.

When estimating the time for each patient action on this QI project, think about how long it takes for an Asthma or COPD Annual Review, and to enter the correct code into the patient’s notes.

When will my project start:

When will my project be completed by:

How much time do I have to dedicate to my project each week

Each patient action for the project will take 15 minutes

Recommended time is 15 minutes per patient.

Your current capacity


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Alignment

In order for your project to get underway and to be successful, your manager(s) will need to understand the importance of the project and agree your time commitment.

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Communication pack

It’s important that your colleagues know about the project.

You may want to include colleagues in the project, and they may need to know about other demands on your time. Let them know that you are focusing on QI with these useful resources.

Resources

Communication template – manager(s) and GP partners 6

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Milestone Map

Keep track of your set-up progress and make sure you are on track to getting started with your project with the timeframe you have added in your capacity calculator.

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Project

Project overview

The aim of this QI project

The aim of this Quality Improvement Project is to evidence an inhaler technique check in the last year for 70% or more of people with asthma and/or COPD, with the appropriate SNOMED code in their notes, by November 2021.

This is the second of two projects in the series, which involves checking the inhaler technique of all patients with Asthma and COPD.

A recap on the evidence

Data collected from GP practices across Wales suggest that only 44.4% patients on the COPD and Asthma registers have had their inhaler technique checked.

This QI project will ensure that every patient on the Asthma and COPD registers know how to take their inhalers with good technique, and know where to access videos for a refresher of the correct inhaler technique.

What will I get for completing this project?

Good data entry directly improves patient care, which will also help you identify gaps or errors in the patient record or diagnosis.

On completion of this QI project, you will also get a certificate for your work. You will also be able to use this QI project as evidence towards CPD and professional revalidation.

Instructions

Project steps

Step 1

During asthma or COPD review, check inhaler technique.

Step 2

Ensure correctly coded.

Step 1 – During a patient review

During a routine Asthma or COPD review, check the patient’s inhaler technique. Ensure the patient is also signposted to videos that demonstrate the correct inhaler technique, if they need a reminder after their review, including those on the Healthhub apps.

Step 2 – Code the Inhaler Technique Check

Code that the patient’s inhaler technique has been observed:

  • Read code: 6637
  • SNOMED code: 170614009

Recording your progress

For every patient whose inhaler technique you check, be sure to record this in the ‘Progress’ section of the QI platform.

Resources

Attached below are a selection of resources to support you through your project.

Resources

Recommended Read and SNOMED codes

NACAP Clinical Audit Report – Wales Primary Care

RightBreathe Inhaler prescribing information

BHR: Advice on Prescribing Inhalers by Brand Name

Progress

Add the number of patients that you have addressed according to this project.

You should see your progress bars increase as you get closer to your goal.

Your current capacity


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Certificate

Your dynamic certificate can be found below. You can generate a certificate at any point during your QI project, and the certificate will be updated when you make further progress.

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