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.
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Gait Analysis Laboratory System
The Gait Laboratory plays a crucial role in the long term rehabilitation and care of patients across the hospital, and thanks to support from the Good Friday Appeal, patients will soon benefit from upgrades across the laboratory.
At this world-leading facility, clinicians work with a range of highly developed video and motion capture technology to record the walking pattern of children, all which contributes to their overall treatment and care programs. Thanks to funding from the 2019 Good Friday Appeal, the lab will soon feature an innovative new three dimensional motion capture system, an upgrade of the current equipment that will feature high definition cameras to better capture patient movement, and allow for smoother integration with other equipment on site.
This new, advanced equipment will help provide a more indepth analysis of patients, providing clinicians with greater insights into their development, which in turn helps to inform essential programs for treatment and rehabilitation.