In January we are introducing some important changes.
Emergency Department Observation Chart
The ED Observation chart is changing. The changes predominately impact the charts risk screening questions. These changes have been implemented to make sure our departments comply with Standard – 5: Comprehensive Care of the National Standards.
Staff should observe and understand changes to following sections of the observations chart:
- Behaviours of Concern Chart
- Valuables Management
- Alcohol and Other Drug screening
- Mental Health screening
- Delerium screening
- End of Life Care screening.
The following documents are available, will support staff to familiarise themselves with the changes.
Management of Behaviours of Concern
The Western Health Emergency Departments, are industry leaders in the early identification of behaviours of concern that can lead to incidents of occupational, violence and aggression. Early identification often of these behaviours reduces the incidents of occupational violence and aggression in our departments.
In January we are implementing some changes to further improve how we manage behaviours of concern in our Emergency Departments. These changes include:
- Introducing non-invasive searches for all section-351 arrivals.
- Altering the BOC chart to include the observation or sleeping and the ability to score W for worried.
- Clinically commissioning the Behavioural Assessment Room at Footscray ED.
To familiarise yourself with the changes the following documents are available.