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The winning project from Wheaton Hall Medical Practice, Drogheda, Co Louth, described an Impaired Glucose Regulation (IGR) Register within the practice for the early diagnosis and treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes. These patients were targeted for recall for a structured 15-minute appointment.
This approach resulted in the early detection and treatment of diabetes and increased patient satisfaction with the structured monitoring and surveillance approach. Practice Nurse Ms Sheila McKeown presented the entry at the conference.
Two other entries were shortlisted for the awards, which were held in association with Medisec.
Practice nurse Ms Toni Finnegan from the Keogh Practice, Ballybricken, Waterford, presented on ‘Practice Protocol for Denosumab 60mg — Administration in a Large Urban Practice’.
She described a practice protocol for denosumab 60mg administration, introduced in line with best practice guidelines for continued administration of this medication. This ensures good and safe practice is applied in the use of denosumab within the practice.
Dr Joe Moran from Fermoy-Rathcormac Medical Practice, Fermoy, Co Cork, presented on ‘Vaccination Uptake in Pregnancy: An Evaluation of the Introduction of a Patient Information Package in a General Practice’.
This initiative compared the offer and uptake of the flu and pertussis vaccine in pregnant women prior to and after the introduction of an information pack to patients.
The results showed that this simple intervention to increase patient awareness resulted in a statistically significant improvement in the numbers offered both the flu and pertussis vaccines, and also a statistically significant difference between those who accepted the pertussis vaccine prior to and since the implementation of this quality improvement.
After the intervention, patients were 12.5 times more likely to receive the pertussis vaccine, thereby helping to reduce the risk of a neonate contracting pertussis in the first few months of life.