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Assessing the impact of streaming in a regional emergency department

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Kinsman, LD and Champion, R and Lee, G and Martin, M and Masman, K and May, E and Mills, T and Taylor, MD and Thomas, P and Williams, RJ and Zalstein, S, Assessing the impact of streaming in a regional emergency department, Emergency Medicine Australasia (Print), 20 pp. 221-227. ISSN 1742-6731 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2008 The Authors Journal Compilation and Copyright 2014 Australasian college for Emergency Medicine

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1742-6723.2008.01077.x

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the impact of a streaming model, previously validated in metropolitan EDs, on selected performance indicators in a regional ED.

Method: Multiple linear regression models were applied to monthly time series data from 43 months prior to the intervention and 15 months following the intervention to measure the impact of the streaming model on the following performance indicators: (i) percentage of emergency patients admitted to an inpatient bed within 8 h; (ii) percentage of non-admitted emergency patients with a length of stay of less than 4 h; and (iii) percentage of emergency patients who left without being seen by a doctor or nurse practitioner.

Setting: Bendigo Health ED in regional Victoria.

Results: Prior to the introduction of streaming, there was a downward trend in both the percentage of emergency patients admitted to an inpatient bed within 8 h, and the percentage of non-admitted emergency patients with a length of stay of less than 4 h. After the introduction of streaming, these trends were reversed (P = 0.008 and P = 0.004, respectively). There was no statistically significant change in the trend associated with the percentage of emergency patients who left without being seen (P = 0.904).

Conclusions: The implementation of the streaming model had an impact on the two performance indicators associated with length of stay in this regional ED, but did not have a significant impact (positive or negative) on the percentage of patients who did not wait to be seen. These results might interest other EDs in regional hospitals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:emergency service, evaluation study, hospital, multiple linear regression, time series
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health and Community Services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health Policy Economic Outcomes
Author:Kinsman, LD (Professor Leigh Kinsman)
ID Code:97748
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2015-01-13
Last Modified:2015-03-05
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