RAPID Model of Care
The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Emergency Department (ED) is one of the busiest in the State, treating up to 300 patients on any given day.
With over 86,140 patients in 2017-18, the RCH ED responds to a range of complex clinical situations and often responds to the State’s biggest emergencies. Through support from the Good Friday Appeal, the ED is trialling a new model of care. The Rapid Assessment, Planning, Investigations and Discharge (RAPID) program is designed to support senior staff and streamline care by initiating consultations in the waiting room.
This pilot program will see the RAPID team, comprised of a paediatric emergency physician as team leader, nurse practitioner, junior doctor and nurse, initiate consults and care plans in the waiting room of the ED, to streamline communications and patient care. The program aims to reduce patient wait times, enhance patient access and improve communication with families.
Posted April 2019
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