Trauma activation audit reveals poor outcomes for patients
AFTER moving to Gladstone to head the hospital's emergency department, Dr Syed Khadri conducted an audit of the trauma call procedure to address the high number of complex cases.
The audit looked at cases from August last year to January this year and found a number of problems existed which may have led to "poor patient outcomes".
The aim of the audit was to increase staff awareness of the correct trauma call procedure to follow.
The audit found financial constraints, staff shortages, high staff turnover, communication between regional hospitals and, according to ambulance officers, "insufficient qualified and experienced staff" were affecting the way trauma patients were treated at the hospital.
During this time, out of 43 cases of trauma, 19 cases did not have a trauma call activated.
"Whenever you see a person who is sick you decide what category the patient fits into," Dr Khadri said.
"I've upped the scaling and I think we're picking up more things we were missing previously."
Since the audit Dr Khadri said he has revamped the triage, increased awareness about the new trauma call procedure, implemented a check list and improved training so staff at the hospital correctly admit patients and in turn patients receive the right care.