This project, which commenced in September 2010, is designed to reduce costs for hospital services while maintaining or improving the quality of care for patents with low-acuity illness or injury. The project will free up ambulance resources to respond to other emergency calls.
Paramedics who attend a call-out will assess if the patent is suitable for home care, based on agreed criteria (low risk and suitable for home care). This research will facilitate and evaluate the option of home care following paramedic assessment and referral, by linking paramedic services provided by St John Ambulance to the new WA Government-funded Home Hospital service provided by Silver Chain Nursing Association. The primary aim of the project is to reduce emergency department attendance and hospital admittance while maintaining patent outcomes and improving patent choice to receive care in the community.
The project is developing a process for St John Ambulance Australia (WA) Inc. to offer suitable patent referral to Silver Chain's Home Hospital Service, which will treat and discharge patents in the community as an alternative to ambulance transport to emergency departments.
Associate Professor Moira Sim, Steve Johnston, Associate Professor Richard Brightwell.
Western Australian Institute for Medical Research, Silver Chain Nursing Association, St John Ambulance Australia (WA) Inc., Acute Care Health Network, WA Health Department.