Nurses reduce hospital the post-discharge program compared
to 67% not enrolled).
Lyle Kindleysides and Administration
Support Cath Bly.
re-admissions QUT health economist Associate Rockhampton Organiser Glenda Ross
Hospitals could save thousands of Professor Nick Graves said in addition is also leaving the QNU in March.
dollars by a reduction in hospital to cost savings the intervention Joining the QNU recently are
re-admissions through adopting a group showed significantly greater Membership Clerk Leah Williams,
post-discharge program that offers improvements in quality of life. A Industrial Officer Vonnie Semple, Project
individual support, including nursing dollar valuation on improved quality of Officer Annabelle Caramba, Records
and physiotherapy services. life as a result of the program came to Management Supervisor Alex Main,
an estimated overall cost saving of close Employee Relations Manager Tully
A study published in international
to $8,000 per person. Stewart, Administration Support Olivia
journal Public Library of Science (PLoS
ONE) showed hospitals would save SOURCE: ANJ, Dec 09/Jam 10, Volume Wiki, Servicing Industrial Officer Cheri
$333 per patient if they invested $547 17 Number 6 Taylor and Organiser Shawn Allen.
per eligible patient in a 24-week post- Thanks also to Kimberley Kriedemann
discharge care program.
Staff changes at the who is shortly finishing her stint as
Member Organiser at the QNU, and Jo
The program includes nursing and
physiotherapy assessment, an at home QNU