Delivering emergency care in the watch house: an outcomes analysis.

Grant ID: EMPJ-305R23-2015

Lay Summary

Increasingly, prisoners are requiring transfer to and assessment in the ED; some for illnesses that may be treated in the custodial environment with an appropriately trained health care professional. Optimising how health care is delivered in the watch house environment was the focus of this study, following recommendations in a recent (2012) Inquiry following the death of Herbert John Mitchell.

This study is underpinned by recommendations from deaths in custody, the literature and anecdotal experience. The study will provide a comprehensive outcomes evaluation of a 66 day trial of a model where emergency nurses were posted to the local watch house for an 8hr late shift and a 10hr night shift to supplement domiciliary nursing services to provide 24hr nursing presence in the watch house. This model of enabling experienced emergency nurses the opportunity to work within an 'out of hospital environment' but with the support from medical colleagues has not to our knowledge been trialed elsewhere and is therefore innovative.


Outcomes

The impact expected from this study is on the prisoners, health care staff and police staff working in this model. We expect the following main outcomes: less transfers of prisoners to ED from the watch house and a cost effective model.


Leveraged Funds

- $9,300.00 Gold Coast Hospital Foundation


Video/Presentations

http://www.hospitalhealth.com.au/news/hospital-departments/watching-the-watchhouse/ https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/news/2015/10/28/new-research-to-put-a-price-on-watchhouse-nurses/ https://www.health.qld.gov.au/goldcoasthealth/html/news/2015/151030-watchhouse-research.asp https://www.health.qld.gov.au/goldcoasthealth/docs/news/hw-feb-mar-16-web.pdf
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Amount Awarded
$116,772


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Grant Scheme


Status
Active


Principal Investigator:
Dr David Green


Co Investigators:
Prof Julia Crilly
Prof Paul Scuffham
Dr Cathy Lincoln
Ms Jo Timms
Mr Ken Becker


Associate Investigators:
Mr Andrew Fisher
Mr Danny Murphy
Dr Nelle van Buuren


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Collaborating Institutions


CONTACT US +61 7 3720 5700 info@emfoundation.org.au 2/15 Lang Parade Milton Qld 4064