New funding will see a large-scale project launched across NSW to significantly improve patient outcomes and experiences in emergency departments.
Chief investigator and senior NSLHD clinician researcher Professor Margaret Fry said more than $2.8 million will be invested in the EPIC-START program, giving patients better access to early evidence-based treatment pathways.
Thirty emergency departments will initially be involved in the project which is aimed at achieving better outcomes through earlier decisions, delivery of care and detection of clinical deterioration.
Professor Fry said a new approach is needed with our emergency departments across NSW facing unprecedented demand.
“We know that millions of Australians seeking care in our EDs are confronted by overcrowded waiting rooms, ambulance ramping, time-poor clinicians and long wait times,” she said.
“Overcrowding causes delays in treatment and diagnosis, leading to adverse events and poor patient outcomes.
“Our current models of care are not equipped to deal with this or designed to help patients move through ED efficiently in these situations.”
“The EPIC-START model of care however, will implement data analytic tools and evidence-based clinical pathways to improve patient flow.”