Australasian Clinical Indicator Report for 2005-2012

One of the most comprehensive reports on the status of national clinical performance of 670 healthcare organisations over the last 8 years has been released by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. The Australasian Clinical Indicator Report 2005-2012 presents a detailed statistical analysis of clinical indicators for HCOs in the Australasian region.

Notable improving trends over the 8 year period include:

- Emergency Department triage goals. The proportion of patients seen within the recommended times for Triage categories 2,3,4 and 5 has improved over the last 8 years, with all categories reaching their highest level in 2012,

- Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis: a steady increase in rates ofinitiation for this process in two patient groups, adults in ICU and women undergoing caesarean section,

- ICU non-admission due to inadequate resources. The three indicators measuring this have declined significantly to 1.7%, 0.81% and 0.69%.

Notable deteriorations, where the potential to make improvements exist are:

- Unplanned discharge delays in day surgery. The rate of patients with an unplanned discharge greater than one hour beyond their day surgery procedures has increased from 0.28% in 2005 to 0.52% in 2012,

- Seclusion of mental health patients deteriorates further with inpatients having seclusion for more than 4 hours is now 49%, an increase from 35% in 2005,

- The rate of patients spending 8 or more hours in Emergency declined slightly, but remained high.

The full reports for each specialty will be available online from the 20th December 2013.

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