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This paper reports on a structured facilitation program where seven interdisciplinary teams conducted projects aimed at improving the care of the older person in the acute sector. Aims  To develop and implement a structured intervention known as the Knowledge Translation (KT) Toolkit to improve the fundamentals of care for the older person in the acute care(More)
Postoperative nursing care traditionally has involved the utilisation of regulated, routine patient observation to monitor patient progress. This study was designed to review the policy/procedure documentation that drives this practice and to determine who contributes to policy development. In all, 75 surgical hospitals were surveyed, producing 47(More)
AIM To identify the common, core elements of patient-centred care in the health policy, medical and nursing literature. BACKGROUND Healthcare reform is being driven by the rhetoric around patient-centred care yet no common definition exists and few integrated reviews undertaken. DESIGN Narrative review and synthesis. DATA SOURCES Key seminal texts and(More)
This paper describes a novel approach employing time based clustering of health data for visualization and analysis of patient flow. Clustering inpatient and emergency department patient episodes into hourly slots based on recorded timestamps, and then grouping them on required parameters, the technique provides a powerful tool for visualizing and analyzing(More)
AIM To describe the experiences of 14 clinical nursing leaders introducing a knowledge translation (KT) project into one metropolitan acute care hospital in South Australia. The study also explored team members' and service managers' experiences. BACKGROUND KT strategies assume that local (nursing) clinical leaders have the capacity and capability to(More)
Patient surveillance during the postoperative period has traditionally consisted of the collection of routine and regulated vital signs, supported by observations of other aspects of a patient's recovery. The purpose of this research was to determine if the frequent collection of postoperative vital signs assisted in detecting postoperative complications in(More)
INTRODUCTION St John Ambulance Operations Branch Volunteers have been providing first-aid services at the Royal Adelaide Show for 90 years. The project arose from a need to more accurately predict the workload for first-aid providers at mass gathering events. A formal analysis of workload patterns and the determinants of workload had not been performed. (More)
Gaining an understanding of crowd behavior is important in supporting timely and appropriate crowd management principles in the planning and provision of emergency services at mass gatherings. This paper provides a review of the current understanding of the psychological factors of a crowd within the psychosocial domain as they apply to mass-gathering(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this research is to identify optimal inpatient discharge time targets to help hospitals reduce crowding, improve patient flow through the ED and balance staff workload. METHODS Fifteen months of emergency and inpatient records from a large quaternary teaching hospital were used to reconstruct patient pathways from hospital(More)
INTRODUCTION Mass-gathering events are dynamic and challenge traditional medical management systems. To improve the system for the provision of first aid at mass-gathering events, an evaluation of two models that assist in forecasting the number of patients presenting for first-aid services was conducted. METHOD A prospective evaluation of a recurrent,(More)