Disability Care Outreach Team

When a patient with a disability becomes unwell in the community carers currently have a very low threshhold to call an ambulance and send a patient to hospital. Carers are not trained health professionals and often calling QAS is a method carers can use to ensure duty of care is satisfied. 

A community team that involved nurses, medical officers and allied health professionals would allow carers the alternative option to escalate their concerns. The team would then be able to see the patient intensively for a short period of time and build their capacity. In addition the team could strengthen the patients connection to primary health care clinicans in the community. 

Why the contribution is important

Patients with a disability can find acsessing the emergency department distressing therefore would welcome any alternative. This would aim to break the cycles of readmission some patients with a disability experience. 

In 2016 the Upholding the right to life and health: A review of the deaths in care of people with disability in Queensland report was released. It showed that of people with a disability who died in care between 2009 and 2014, half of all deaths in care reviewed (59%) were unexpected and over half of all deaths (53%) were considered to be potentially avoidable."

Ideally a community outreach team would acheive better outcomes for patients and ensure that they are only being admitted to hospital where needed. 

 

by parrottg on May 23, 2019 at 10:52AM

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