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dc.contributor.authorLim, A.-
dc.contributor.authorGrafton, R.-
dc.contributor.authorHetzel, D.-
dc.contributor.authorAndrews, J.-
dc.identifier.citationInternal Medicine Journal, 2013; 43(7):803-809-
dc.description.abstract<h4>Background</h4>Acute severe colitis (ASC) is a serious condition with possible outcomes of emergency colectomy and mortality. Validated guidelines exist to help avoid these.<h4>Aims</h4>To examine local adherence to guidelines and identify (a) opportunities to improve care and (b) possible barriers to adherence.<h4>Methods</h4>Retrospective, hospital-wide audit of all patients with ASC during a 2-year period (2009-2010) at a major metropolitan hospital. Cases were identified by an electronic search of all discharges with International Classification of Diseases-10 codes for colitis, colectomy, ulcerative colitis or Crohn disease.<h4>Results</h4>Twenty-six patients had 30 ASC admissions (14 female). Most admissions were under gastroenterology (25), 4 (13%) were under general medicine and 1 was under general surgery. Only 8 patients' (26%) management (all under gastroenterology) included all major details: blood investigations, Clostridium difficile test, abdominal X-ray, colonic examination and venous thromboembolism prophylaxis. Only one patient had formal severity scoring on admission, and seven patients (24%) had descriptive severity recorded. On day 3, nine patients (30%) had some recorded severity assessment; however, no formal criteria were used. Four had colectomy, three during first admission and one on re-admission. Of these patients, three received cyclosporine prior to colectomy. The mean duration of admission was 10 days (standard deviation 10.54, range 1-61).<h4>Conclusion</h4>Opportunities to optimise care exist including formal severity assessments on days 1 and 3, better deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism prophylaxis and prompt colonic examination. Admission under teams other than gastroenterology appeared to be a barrier to better care. Despite the low rate of ideal management, the colectomy rate was acceptably low at 20%.-
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityA. H. Lim, R. Grafton, D. J. Hetzel and J. M. Andrews-
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Asia-
dc.rights© 2012 The Authors-
dc.subjectinflammatory bowel disease-
dc.titleClinical audit: recent practice in caring for patients with acute severe colitis compared with published guidelines - is there a problem?-
dc.typeJournal article-
dc.identifier.orcidLim, A. [0000-0001-8172-9140]-
dc.identifier.orcidAndrews, J. [0000-0001-7960-2650]-
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