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Hi it’s Patrik Hutzel from INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME where we provide tailor made solutions for long-term ventilated Adults& Children with Tracheostomy by improving their Quality of life and where we also provide tailor made solutions to hospitals and Intensive Care Units to save money and resources, whilst providing Quality Care!
In the last blog I shared
Federal judge says: State must get ‘vent kids’ home
You can check out last week’s blog here.
In this week’s blog I want to share an article that was published by the ABC a couple of weeks ago.
The article highlights once again that cutting the length of hospital stay could lead to big savings for the Victorian health system!
The article highlights once again that the public health system is very inefficient and could save hundreds of Millions of Dollars $$$ in tax payers money if length of stay for Patients can be reduced.
One way to reduce length of stay is to offer more home health care even in high acuity areas such as Intensive Care, where way too many long-term ventilated Adults& children with tracheostomies take up too many precious, expensive and “in-demand” Intensive Care beds!
INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME is embracing home health care and we show to Intensive Care Units, to our Clients and their families what is possible at home instead of keeping Patients in Intensive Care!
As long as public health services keep doing what they are doing, Millions of Dollars of tax payers’ money will be wasted and high cost areas like Intensive Care continue to keep long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies for longer than necessary!
At the same time they are denying Patients and families choice as well as an improved quality of life and/or quality of end of life!
INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME services can save up to half of the cost for an Intensive Care bed, improve the quality of life for Patients and their families and free up precious, expensive and “in-demand” Intensive Care beds!
Here is the original article published on the ABC website on February 10th, 2016
Or you can click on the link here to access the original article or you can continue reading the ABC article below
Cutting length of hospital stays could lead to big savings for Victorian health system: auditor-general
By state political reporter Jean Edwards
Shorter public hospital stays could save Victoria’s health sector $125 million and free up tens of thousands of beds a year, the auditor-general has found.
- Audit found 29 per cent variations in stays
- Efficient hospitals released patients a day earlier
- That equates to $125 million in savings
- DHS accepts report’s recommendations
An audit of hospital performance has found the state could make enough savings to run a hospital bigger than the Royal Children’s if all hospitals were as efficient as the best performers.
After adjusting for differences between patients at 21 major metropolitan and regional hospitals, the audit found a 29 per cent variation in lengths of stay.
Acting auditor-general Dr Peter Frost said that meant the best-performing hospitals were discharging patients up to a day earlier than less efficient hospitals for similar treatment.
“We found widespread variation in acute patient length of stay, indicating inefficiencies and lost opportunities to free up hospital beds, to treat more patients and to reduce significant unnecessary costs,” he said.
The report said hospitals could free up almost 145,000 extra beds and make $125 million in savings that could be directed to other patients or services if all of them managed patient stays as efficiently as their best-performing peers.
With over 1.5 million episodes of patient care every year, the auditor-general said the difference was equivalent to a 396-bed hospital — which is bigger than the Royal Children’s — operating at full capacity.
The Department of Health and Human Services has accepted the report’s four recommendations, including making better use of its data to help hospitals become more efficient.
“It is incumbent on the department, as health system manager, to use its data and — in collaboration with hospital management — actively seek to understand, explain and reduce length of stay variances,” Dr Frost said.
Health Minister Jill Hennessy said the State Government supported the thrust of the auditor-general’s findings, but some of the methodology “skewed” the results, such as counting Hospital in the Home patients in the study.
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We are also currently hiring enthusiastic and experienced Intensive Care nurses with Critical Care certificate for a ventilated Clients in Melbourne.
We would also like to hear from you if you have a minimum of 2 years Paediatric ICU experience, as we have opportunities here as well!
For more information check out our Career section here www.intensivecareathome.com.au/careers or contact Patrik on 041 094 2230 or simply hit reply to this email.
You can also contact me on 041 094 2230 if you want to know more about how we can help you, your Intensive Care Unit and your Patients and Families.
Thank you for tuning into this week’s blog.
This is Patrik Hutzel from INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME and I see you again next week in another update!