When ambulances are delayed at overcrowded hospitals because they can’t offload patients, it means they can’t respond to emergency calls and people wait longer for paramedics to arrive.
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Ambulance response times have not always met targets, but the alarming new pinch point in our health-care system is that there are no ambulances at all available to respond to calls.
Delirium is a preventable condition often caused by hospital practices.
Delirium doesn’t just harm vulnerable seniors. It prolongs hospital stays, ties up beds and clogs emergency rooms. Mandating senior-friendly hospital care protects patients and the health-care system.
Being stuck in hospital means NDIS participants lose the gains made in rehabilitation as well as condition, confidence and social connection. Specialist housing is ready and waiting.
A public health expert explains emergency measures recently brought in to manage the impact of Omicron on our stressed health system.
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The hospital system is already strained. And this is what we face as Australia prepares to open up.
COVID-19 vaccines could substantially reduce hospital admissions, but will be slower at freeing up space in intensive care.
Alicia Bui runs a clinical test in the Immunology lab at the University of Washington.
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They’re conducting research, accommodating testing facilities and turning dorms into quarters for medical professionals while also helping people muddle through hard ethical decisions.
Hospitals will need more space, staff and stuff as more people test positive to coronavirus. But hard decisions may have to be made if the health system gets overwhelmed with cases.
Australians should now be practising social distancing to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. By creating more space between yourself and others you decrease the risk of person-to-person…
A few woefully underfunded academic health sciences centres are responsible for providing complex care to patients with life-threatening illnesses as well as training future doctors and testing the latest in new surgical techniques.
Canada’s systems of health funding, medical training and physician compensation need an overhaul – to support vital centres of medical research and complex care.
The prime minister claimed the number of available beds has gone up.
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Theresa May claims there are more beds available across the NHS than there used to be.
Our research suggests older people aren’t being admitted inappropriately.
The solution is not necessarily more of the same, or more funding.
In a time of growing populations, hospitals must guarantee access, ensure quality, minimise the chances of anything going wrong, and do it all within the available budget. So they need to change.