Austin Health Implements a COPD Pathway and Reduces LOS
Categories: Trigger Tool, Innovation |
Author: Sarah Brandt
Posted: 6/05/2016 |
Austin Health was experiencing an increase in COPD inpatient separations. These patients were being treated by different specialists in different locations resulting in variation in care and a longer than desired average length of stay (ALOS).
To address the above issues Austin Health developed and implemented a standard pathway for COPD care – including suitability criteria for pathway utilisation and care delivery standards regarding antibiotic, oxygen and steroid use.
Since implementing the COPD Pathway a decrease in ALOS has been noted.
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