01
Nov 18

Case Study: Telehealth

Author:Ash Natesh

In 2014-2015, NSW Police and Ambulance transported 60% of mental health consumers who called Triple Zero in HNELHD. Of the ones who were transported, 46% of the patients were not admitted to the Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre or Emergency Department at Calvary Mater Newcastle hospital. People who are not admitted appropriately are often left to … Continue reading Case Study: Telehealth

09
Jan 17

Coping with an unprecedented increase in patients in a new Emergency Department

QEII Jubilee Hospital is an urban district hospital on the South side of Brisbane with 181 inpatient beds. In October 2013, we opened a new, larger Emergency Department, but with no increase in inpatient beds. Over the next 3 years, attendances rose from a relatively consistent 37,000 patients per annum to 56,000, putting considerable strain … Continue reading Coping with an unprecedented increase in patients in a new Emergency Department

06
Dec 16

“Like having 150 bombs going off at once”

The crisis known as ‘thunderstorm asthma’, which hit Melbourne’s metropolitan region on 21st November, caused the equivalent of a full day’s workload for emergency services in the space of just a few hours. Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital was forced to set up a secondary emergency admissions unit in their day procedures area, and some private … Continue reading “Like having 150 bombs going off at once”

05
Dec 16

6 presentations from the 2016 Driving Quality in Emergency Departments Conference

Emergency departments from across Australia are continuing to struggle to meet increased demand and alleviate hospital congestion. Hospitals must now look past NEAT and drive sustainable improvements to support quality, patient centred care. The 2016 national conference showcased how emergency departments can drive sustainable change to improve the delivery of emergency medicine within Australia’s hospitals. Did you miss out on … Continue reading 6 presentations from the 2016 Driving Quality in Emergency Departments Conference

17
Nov 16

NSW Emergency Departments have the shortest waiting times despite having the most patients

A new Emergency Department care 2015–16 statistics report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has just been released and states that NSW Emergency Departments have the shortest waiting times despite having the most patients. You can download a copy of the report here  Some of the statistics revealed include: In 2015–16, there were 7.5 million … Continue reading NSW Emergency Departments have the shortest waiting times despite having the most patients

28
Oct 16

Doing more with less: balancing patient care with hospital targets

“Public hospitals are facing a growing funding crisis. This crisis is not generated by hospitals themselves, rather, it is a crisis created by the political process, and political and budgetary decisions.” This year’s Australian Medical Association (AMA) Public Hospital Report Card is damning of health funding cuts and the subsequent effects on emergency department waiting … Continue reading Doing more with less: balancing patient care with hospital targets

16
Aug 16

Reducing unnecessary Emergency Department medical testing at Box Hill hospital

Unnecessary medical testing has been shown to be rife in modern medicine, with estimates in the literature typically in the range of 20-25%. This has also been shown to be a problem that isn’t going away, with most clinical laboratories experiencing 5 to 10% increases in workload each year. In recognition of this, Eastern Health … Continue reading Reducing unnecessary Emergency Department medical testing at Box Hill hospital

03
May 16

How can hospital staff deal with violent patients?

Concerns over the safety of hospital staff and their patients are growing as rapidly as the healthcare sector is booming. Hospitals are now more accessible than ever before, consequently causing a spark in drug and alcohol-related violence. These instances have ultimately tarnished the ‘safe-haven’ nature of hospitals, and solutions to improve hospital security beyond the … Continue reading How can hospital staff deal with violent patients?