Re-engineering an Australian emergency department: can we measure success?
GA Jelinek, D Mountain, D O'Brien, IR Rogers, G Wilkes, J Wenban, J Carr, S O'Keefe, PJ Martin
Journal of Quality in Clinical Practice | Published : 1999
In 1996, in response to perceived deficiencies of the Emergency Department, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital made emergency medicine a key strategic initiative. Major staffing and functional changes occurred as a result, including creation of the first Chair in Emergency Medicine in Australasia. We present a before and after study, using a range of measured variables, including the accepted Australian Council on Healthcare Standards emergency medicine clinical indicators. Clinically, there were great improvements in waiting times, time to thrombolysis in acute myocardial infarction, complaint rate, and misdiagnosed fracture rate. Increased throughput of short stay patients in a re-opened observ..View full abstract