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Our clinical guidelines present statements of best practice based on thorough evaluation of evidence.

Access the Clinical Guidelines below.

A Policy is a set of statements or intentions that indicate the Women’s position on a particular issue. It guides conduct and decision making and must be adhered to by employees. Policy is developed in response to a Board policy direction, a significant risk, a requirement of Government, a legislative requirement, or a significant community or local issue. Policy can be included in strategic documents, statements of priority and codes of conduct. Organisational policies must be endorsed by the Hospital Executive Committee and/or the Board of Directors.

A Guideline is a set of statements, based on available information and best practice that provides staff from the Women’s with appropriate options in the management of specific issues, situations or circumstances. Guidelines can be clinical or corporate focused.

A Procedure is a set of instructions that specifies ‘how’ to undertake a task. Procedures include instructions or steps to be followed in order to perform a task (e.g. Blood Collection: Adults) and are more prescriptive than a guideline.

A Clinical Guideline (CG) is a set of statements of best clinical practice based on thorough evaluation of the evidence. These statements support clinician and patient decisions about the appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. CGs at the Women’s must be developed and managed according to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

May means the action is optional.

Should means the action is recommended but is not mandatory.

Must means it is a mandatory instruction and there is a penalty if the action is not carried out.

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