WA Health Award finalist at RPH

October 13, 2013

A Royal Perth Hospital nomination, A Streamlined Model of Care for Minor Burns, has been selected as a finalist in the upcoming WA Health Awards.

The WA Health Awards recognise the ongoing commitment of WA Health employees, teams and projects to provide innovative, top quality healthcare for Western Australians. There are 10 award categories, recognising different achievements in the diverse WA Health operational landscape.

A Streamlined Model of Care for Minor Burns Minor burns represent the majority of all burn patients at Royal Perth Hospital. Patients are provided routine outpatient follow-up at one month post-injury. However, 25 per cent of patients do not attend their follow-up appointments.

To improve efficiency without compromising patient recovery, the burn service posted a quality of life survey to a sample of patients in place of the follow-up visit. Replacing the appointment with a survey did not adversely affect minor burn patients whose wounds healed within 14 days.

By following a comprehensive, tailored education booklet, patients are spared the necessity of hospital attendance, which may involve time off work, childcare and travel costs. This model of care has benefited staff by reducing demand for outpatient appointments, achieving better workflow and allowing staff to focus their effort on those with more severe injuries.

The streamlined model of care for minor burns is the first data-driven program that reduces outpatient clinic demand from patients who recover quickly and have minimal benefit from attending hospital for follow-up.

The project has since been implemented as standard practice for burn patients who fit the inclusion criteria.  

The 2013 WA Health Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Tuesday 19 November, an event hosted by media personality Deborah Kennedy. For a full list of finalists, visit the WA Health Conference and Awards website.