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An audit of patient inclusion in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) screening and whether discharge summaries contained ROP information with suggestions for improvement

Authors Harding SA, Abdullah M, Adams G

Received 15 January 2013

Accepted for publication 4 March 2013

Published 13 June 2013 Volume 2013:5 Pages 57—60

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CA.S42804

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Review by Single-blind

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Samantha A Harding,1 Mohamad Abdullah,1,2 Gillian Adams1,2

1Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, 2Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK

Abstract: In a busy neonatal unit with a number of very sick children it can be difficult to highlight those children requiring retinopathy of prematurity screening and to include this in the patient's discharge summary to ensure continuity of care. This audit looks at how efficiently children are included in the retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) screening programme at one tertiary referral unit and how well information is recorded in the discharge summary. A total of 185 infants were audited over two, 3-month periods with a sticker system for the notes devised between measurements. Re-audit showed improvement in the numbers included for ROP screening and the frequency with which ROP information was included in the discharge summaries. This simple, low cost system provides an effective method of ensuring optimum care for premature infants with ROP.

Keywords: neonatal unit, sticker, discharge summary

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