How one hospital tackles hallway medicine, starting in the emergency room
February 13, 2020. From CBC:
One Ontario hospital is trying to lessen its "hallway medicine" problem by forming a new team of health-care workers in its emergency room with the aim of reducing admission rates among seniors.
The "ED One Team" at Sunnybrook Health Sciences in Toronto launched in late October and is already showing evidence of success, according to figures provided by hospital officials that suggest a nearly five per cent drop in admissions.
The team brings together a social worker, a geriatric emergency medicine nurse, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a community care co-ordinator, a psycho-geriatric case manager and staff from agencies that provide home-care services.
The team helps patients who come to the emergency room avoid being admitted to the hospital by ensuring adequate supports are available for them at home or in the community. Its target group is those aged 70 and older who don't need to be admitted, but who can't otherwise go home safely straight from the emergency room.
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