The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria, Australia
22nd May 2010 | Latest ED's | Posted by keithjoe
edited 18th December 2010 by keithjoe
The Royal Melbourne Hospital is Melbourne's first hospital. It is located at the northern aspect of Melbourne's CBD. A quaternary referral & teaching hospital with 58,000 adult ED attendances pa, it receives 1/3 of the state's major trauma, and has an admission rate of 40%.
A $56M refurbishment of the main entrance, retail precinct, and emergency dept (including Short Stay Unit, Medical Assessment and Planning Unit, and Transit Lounge) was competed in Oct 2009.
Design Features include:
- A decentralised model of care encouraging staff to have clinical information and equipment available "at their fingertips" at the bedside.
- The potential for approx. 100 cubicles / patient treatment spaces
- Physically separated Trauma, Resus, Admission Stream, Discharge Stream, Short Stay Unit and MAPU
- Individual cubicles, each fully equipped with joinery, IV trolleys, and diagnostic sets
- Physiological monitors in all cubicles
- Psychiatric resuscitation cubicle
- Bariatric resuscitation cubicle, and in ground weigh bridge
- Patient lifting tracks in cubicles
- Multiple isolation and behavioural rooms
- Macerator deployment in dirty utility rooms and isolation room annexes
- Dedicated Trauma / Resuscitation Simulation Suite
Technology Features include:
- Total IT asset refresh and strategy, extensive WLAN
- Electronic medical and nursing documentation
- Advanced electronic workflows customised to match clinical workflows
- Each cubicle contains a computer
- All cubicles have TV with Video on Demand for patient education / instruction
- IP based nurse call system with potential for electronic bed card
- Staff ID card RFID authentication eliminating repeated computer logon
- RFID driven electronic Staff Board
- Pathology results available via real time "push" technology
- Pyxis medication management
- Vocera voice activated communications extensively deployed, alongside DECT phone system
Dr Keith Joe, RMH Redevelopment Clinical Lead. May 2010
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