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Let's Not Waste Case Study

Reducing unnecessary cannulation at Charing Cross Hospital

The emergency departments at St Mary’s Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital, both part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, treat a range of life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Patients who clinicians believe might be seriously ill and attend Accident and Emergency (A&E), routinely receive a cannula just in case it is needed to support the administration of fluids and medicines. However, a significant proportion of these are not actually required during a patient’s time in A&E, contributing to a waste of equipment and staff time, as well as patient discomfort and increased risk of infection.