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Gladstone ED doctors lead the way

24 May 2019

Gladstone Hospital is one of the top performers for Emergency Department presentations for hospitals of its size, and its specialist doctors have come up with an innovative new pathway that will be rolled out across Queensland.

ED clinical director Dr Dilip Kumar and staff specialist Dr Jacob O’Gorman took part in a statewide initiative designed to have emergency staff to develop great ideas to be shared.

They have developed a “standardised and safe intubation package” to minimise risk and have all ED staff on the same page as to when and how it is done.

“Intubation is used for a number of reasons when treating critically unwell patients, the most common being to protect a patient’s airway,” Dr O’Gorman said. “Correctly performing intubation can be a risky procedure and difficult for staff to do consistently and correctly  during potentially frantic periods in the ED.”

The pathway will be available for all staff and will be used as a “checklist” to reinforce their clinical skills that are practised during training courses.

The idea was pitched at a conference in Brisbane last month and has been selected as part of a suite of initiatives to be rolled out across Queensland.

In the month of April 2019, 2721 patients presented to Gladstone ED, and most of those (91%) were treated within clinically recommended time. All of the most seriously unwell or injured (category 1) patients were seen on time. The average wait time for all patients across every category was just 8 minutes.

Gladstone Hospital is also meeting the community’s needs for elective surgery, with every patient treated within clinically recommended timeframes.

Executive Director for Gladstone-Banana Sandy Munro is proud of the work being done by Gladstone Hospital teams.

“Our surgeons did 104 elective surgeries in the month of April, and they treated everyone within the recommended guidelines,” Mrs Munro said.

“This is a tremendous effort by, not only the surgical teams, but also the anaesthetists, nurses, allied health and our other support staff who all do an amazing job to ensure our patients are treated when they need to be.”

“We have a dynamic team of dedicated clinicians, and this is reinforced by the fact that Dr Kumar and Dr O’Gorman have come up with an intubation pathway that will be rolled out across the state. I’m so proud that our staff not only do  a great job of treating our patients,  but also continue to search for better ways of getting the best results they can.”

Gladstone Hospital’s new $42 million Emergency Department is under construction and on track for completion by mid-2020. It will provide the latest technology to enable an even  better experience for patients.

A full complement of six fully qualified emergency specialists is now working in the hospital, providing sustainable and consistent specialist care and supervision of the team of junior doctors on staff.

Other April 2019 figures for CQ Health:
10,740 ED patients
Median wait time 9 minutes 457 elective surgeries
98% treated on time

Last updated: 28 June 2019

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