Sandy Dumas, one of our Development Facilitators here at TRACS WA, also works in the Emergency Department at Fiona Stanley Hospital. Sandy recently won 2nd Place in the poster presentation at the FSFHG annual IMPROVE conference for the great work that has been done with older patients presenting to ED following a fall. Implemented by Professor Glenn Arendts, dedicated funding to support the project was obtained from the Subacute Community and Aged Care Directorate (SCACD) from Feb 2017 to June 2018.

The objectives of the pathway are to establish a clinical pathway based on current evidence related to the management of older people who fall and present to ED, embedding access to specialist acute aged care assessment in ED, reducing LOS and admission rates and identifying linkages to support safe and effective discharges. The new pathway has produced great results with significantly improved discharged rates, LOS and time spent in ED, with cost savings of $3.6 million over the last year.