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Cost-effective interventions in the Emergency Department

Posted by Paul Scuffham on 1 December 2015
Prof Scuffham presented at the annual conference of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine on 23 November. Voice prompted scanners for armband barcodes improved labelling and checking patient identification for administration of medicines and for pathology tests for relatively low cost. However, cost-savings could easily be achieved by not giving IV fluids to alcohol intoxicated patients and greater cost-savings could be obtained by not taking samples for pathology.  Another cost-saving intervention was having radiographers instead of radiologists - to report on x-rays ordered from the ED. This also reduced the time for the availability of the report and thereby could reduce the time spent in the ED. This practice is now widely used in the UK.
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Peripherally InSerted CEntral catheter dressing and Securement: the PISCES Trial

Posted by Cindy Mervin on 23 November 2015

Cindy Mervin will work with Prof Claire Rickard (CIA) on this recently awarded NHRMC project grant. The project will investigate how to reduce the incidence of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) failure through clinically effective and cost-effective dressing and securement care.

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Are physiotherapy screening clinics cost effective in improving orthopaedic outpatient services?

Posted by Tracy Comans on 3 September 2015

Long waits for specialist orthopaedic services are common across Australia. We used a discrete event simulation model to test the impact of different models of service provision on throughput, waiting times and cost-effectiveness at one hospital. We found that increasing the use of advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapists in screening roles is a cost-effective way to improve supply of services and reduce waiting times in this outpatient orthopaedic service. However, supply of orthopaedic specialists also needs to be increased to adequately manage overall demand for services at the modeled hospital.

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