Demand for Emergency Service Trends in NSW 2010-15
27 October 2014 Last updated:
29 October 2014
By Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Local Health District, and
Discipline of Emergency Medicine, The University of Sydney
A population based study of Emergency Department utilisation and length of stay in New South Wales
Understanding population level drivers of emergency department demand is important for planning future health resources across NSW, including optimal Emergency Department (ED) capacity and implementing patient focused ED models of care. Such models of care include aged care assessment teams, falls prevention programs, chest pain observation units, short stay units, mental health liaison teams and minor injury or fast track units. The study will provide an evidence base on which clinical practice in ED can be improved.
Understand the drivers of current ED demand trends with respect to age, presenting problem types and re-presentation rates across NSW and use this information to build clinical decision aids for triage and disposition.
The project will allow a better understanding of existing demand trends and through data modelling and implementation of prediction models, allow for better planning of hospital based and ambulance resources including models of care for the elderly, mental health, paediatrics and other patient groups to deal with future demands in emergency department services.
Pre-implementation: Ethics approval obtained, initial pilot studies and data analyses are underway. Funding arrangements are being finalised.
Expected start date: November 2014.
Implementation due 2015-16.
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Local Health District
Phone: 02 9515 6111
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