Enhancing Hospital Care
OPAL & RCOT – Comprehensive Care of the Older Person
Division Rehabilitation, Aged Care, Palliative Care, SALHN
Older Persons Assessment and Liaison Service (OPAL) and Residential Care Outreach Team (RCOT) are interdisciplinary cross-Divisional teams that have enhanced hospital care of 2,770 South Australians over 80 years old since August 2017. By coordinating from point of hospital presentation the screening, investigations and care planning, streamlined admissions and hospital avoidance have resulted in a sustained LOS reduction of 2 days equivalent to freeing up 23 beds in the FMC.
24/7 Stroke Services
Medical Services / Clinical Planning Unit, CHSALHN
CHSALHN’s stroke model of care improves services for country stroke patients, including the expansion of acute stroke treatment through three specialist country stroke services. Additional 24/7 neurologist telemedicine support in Adelaide has assisted clinicians at country hospitals to determine the best care pathway for each patient, administer treatment locally and/or initiate timely transfer of the patient to an appropriate hospital, significantly improving outcomes for country stroke patients.
The Northern Adelaide Code Blue STEMI Team
Cardiology Unit, NALHN / SAAS / CHSALHN
The faster a heart attack is treated, the better the outcome. Since opening a cardiovascular intervention suite at Lyell McEwin Hospital in 2007 a multidisciplinary team of dedicated skilled staff at LMH, and surrounding hospitals, supported by SAAS, offer rapid treatment for the largest of heart attacks: STEMI. This team treat more STEMI patients than any other Adelaide hospital in just over 60 minutes from arrival of medical help.