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The F.R.I.D.A.Y.S. checklist – Preparing our patients for a safe weekend

Title :
The F.R.I.D.A.Y.S. checklist – Preparing our patients for a safe weekend
Authors :
Palmer, Edward
Richardson, Emma
Newcombe, Hannah
Borg, Cynthia-Michelle
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Subject Terms :
Patient Safety
BMJ Quality Improvement Programme
Source :
BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
Publisher :
British Publishing Group, 2013.
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Original Identifier :
pmc: PMC4663813
pmid: 26734210
Language :
There is a higher incidence of mortality and adverse events among inpatients in UK hospitals at the weekend compared to weekdays. The high volume of routine tasks handed over by the weekday doctors on Fridays may be a contributing factor. An audit was carried out on four acute wards on a Friday evening at University Hospital Lewisham (UHL). It demonstrated that most patients had at least one outstanding task that would need completing by the on-call team over the weekend. To address this problem a concise and memorable checklist was created to ensure that routine jobs are completed by the weekday team prior to the weekend. The checklist uses the acronym “F.R.I.D.A.Y.S.” to prompt doctors to hand over weekend bloods, ensure drug charts are reviewed, document a plan for IV fluids, complete discharge summaries, monitor antibiotic levels, dose warfarin, and clearly document the ceiling of care. The F.R.I.D.A.Y.S. checklist was printed onto history paper and integrated into the patient notes on a Friday ward round. The efficacy of the checklist was evaluated by reviewing the number of outstanding jobs on the wards after 17:00 on a Friday in the categories listed. F-Phlebotomy R-Rewrite drug chart I-IV fluids D-Discharge summaries A-Antibiotic levels Y-Yellow book (warfarin) S-Resuscitation Status The number of outstanding jobs on a ward (A) that used F.R.I.D.A.Y.S. was 3 out of a total 132 jobs (2.3%) compared with 47 out of a total of 103 (45.6%) on a ward that did not use the checklist (B). When the F.R.I.D.A.Y.S. checklist is implemented there is an increase in the number of routine jobs that are carried out by the weekday team, and therefore a reduction in workload for the weekend on call team. Patient safety is improved as management decisions are made by a team that is familiar with the patient, and on call teams are able to prioritise emergencies. The cost saving of using the F.R.I.D.A.Y.S. checklist if implemented throughout UHL is estimated at £317,136 per annum.

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