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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.
Author: Paul Scuffham
About: Paul Scuffham, the Foundation Professor of Health Economics at Griffith University Australia, graduated with a PhD (Economics) from the University of Otago. He has extensive experience in economic evaluation of health services and interventions such as medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
Tags: Health Services Delivery

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