Expand Hospital in the home principle for potential emergency admissions
Liaise with GP association and Qld ambulance, aged care providors, create a home visit service staffed by Emergency Department Nurse Practitioners (NP) and GP's.
1. Change ED access so that all non urgent admission must call prior to attending as they would for a GP visit - calls are triaged
2. Patients on the calls list deemed non urgent are provided with a home visit/health check by the Hospital based ED NP and or GP
3. Nursing home patients in particular can be triaged and treated in their place of care by the hospital emergency treating team, ie IV inserted , rehydration fluids given, IV A/B's where appropriate commenced and continued in the aged care facility.
Why the contribution is important
Reduce the burden on ED departments, resuce wait times for higher acuity ED patients, minimise the 'ramping' of ambulance patients, reduce the acute hospital admissions of the very aged and frail who are living in care.
by tanneral on August 13, 2019 at 10:55AM