The chameleon project: A children's end of life care quality improvement project: Preliminary results

Title

The chameleon project: A children's end of life care quality improvement project: Preliminary results

Creator

Haynes S; Kelly N; Turnbull J; Griffin H; Connolly A; Dorsett C; Brown J; Wolff A

Publisher

Archives of Disease in Childhood

Date

2019

Subject

child; child death; human; palliative therapy; controlled study; pediatric intensive care unit; terminal care; bereavement; conference abstract; hospital admission; newborn; questionnaire; documentation; cost control; England; preliminary data; teaching; total quality management

Description

Background As there was no specialist paediatric palliative care team in the region, we made a successful bid to NHS England's Marginal rate Emergency Threshold (MRET) and Readmission Fund for the Chameleon Project1 in 2018. The project has been funded for 12 months to audit and improve children's end of life care across the region. It provides a regional specialist team: consultant paediatrician 2 days a week, clinical nurse specialist 3 days, clinical academic researcher 2 days, network administrator 2 days, 3 paediatricians with expertise in palliative care in each of 3 district general hospitals 0.5 days. Methods The team developed tools to aid identification of children with end of life care needs. These were embedded by weekly attendances by the team at ward rounds and board rounds in the region's hospitals. We also delivered lectures and case based teaching sessions to clinical teams and at regional study days. A bereaved family feedback tool was adapted from ones used by the London Neonatal Network. Children with life limiting conditions who died an expected death in the 12 months of the project were identified from the child death review databases. Numbers of specialist hospital admissions, bed days, and costs were identified. Quality of care will be evaluated from documentation of care plans and post bereavement family feedback questionnaires. Results Compared to the year before the project started, the mean number of non-elective admissions reduced from 2.3 to 1.9; the number of non-elective bed days reduced from 51 to 32; and the number of non-elective bed days on neonatal and paediatric intensive care units reduced from 28 to 20, in the last 12 months of life per child. Quality of care is currently being assessed against NICE Quality Standards QS160.2 Conclusions These preliminary results indicate that a dedicated paediatric palliative care team can reduce admissions and bed days for children in their last year of life. We hope that further analyses will demonstrate improved family experience and cost savings for local NHS providers.

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Citation

Haynes S; Kelly N; Turnbull J; Griffin H; Connolly A; Dorsett C; Brown J; Wolff A, “The chameleon project: A children's end of life care quality improvement project: Preliminary results,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 22, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16488.

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