Friday 7 April 2017 - 1.30PM 

Press Conference with Adj Assoc Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM (ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary) at 1.30pm TODAY at the ANMF office, 191 Torrens Road, RIDLEYTON

ANMF (SA Branch) calls for urgent resolution to emergency department overcrowding

Growing safety concerns associated with high levels of activity at Emergency Departments has this month prompted the ANMF (SA Branch) to meet with SA Health heads, seeking their absolute commitment to prioritising the management of emergency care at major metropolitan hospitals.
Emergency Departments experiencing in excess of 90 patients at any one time—and, in some instances, 15-20 patients waiting for a bed—have intensified member concern over patient safety, staff fatigue and lack of management intervention to support escalation.
CEO/Secretary Adj Assoc Prof Elizabeth Dabars AM says the ANMF (SA Branch) has called for SA Health to implement a whole-of-metropolitan response to the issue.
“These patient flow issues are not new,” Ms Dabars says, “And the local network strategies developed to help are simply not being activated.”
“It’s becoming tiring, more so for the hardworking Nurses at the Emergency Department frontline.”
She says the growing risk to staff and patient safety from such levels of demand cannot be ignored.
“We’re receiving reports of acute patients having their entire care given in hospital waiting rooms or corridors and this is quite simply unacceptable.”
“There needs to be clear escalation pathways and senior management and clinical ownership and engagement to support Emergency Department activity.”
ANMF (SA Branch) will continue to work with members to resolve these serious issues.

Media contact:
Adj Assoc Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM, ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary 0402 795 686


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