Australia Aims to Raise the Profile of Day Hospitals

by VR Sreeraman on Aug 30 2007 7:11 PM

The Australian Day Hospital Association is the peak body representing Day Hospitals in Australia and aim to “Raise the Profile of Day Hospitals”. Australian Medical Association President, Dr Rosanna Capolingua, will deliver the opening address based on that theme, at the annual Australian Day Hospital Association conference.

The conference themed Expanding your Experience in Day Surgery has attracted key personal working in the Health Industry from around Australia and will run over two days, from Friday 30th August to Saturday 1st September 2007, at Twin Waters Convention Center, Mudjimba.

Increasingly, medicine is taking a lead from the Aviation industry where simulators are used to train pilots. Professor Daniel Raemer of Harvard University, Boston is a world authority on using simulation for training and is the Australian Day Hospital Association guest speaker at the annual conference.

The Australian Day Hospital Association endorses this very important development in improving Quality Healthcare delivery to the Australian Public.

Day Hospitals are a growing worldwide phenomenon in the spectrum of Health Care Delivery. Increasingly, it is becoming apparent that there are problems in overnight stays with hospital-based infections, falls, medication errors, costs and impersonal care. Day Hospitals have developed in response to these problems and deliver high quality care without the problems of overnight hospitals.

There are now approximately 300 Private Day Hospitals in addition to day facilities within Public Hospitals in Australia. The number is increasing. More than 50 per cent admissions occur in Day Hospitals, encompassing on a broad range of specialties. Day Hospitals are dramatically increasing throughout the western world.

When care can be given in day hospitals it has become apparent that this is an effective & efficient way of providing quality care. Adverse outcome rates appear to be less than 1:1000, which is dramatically lower than the 1:6 quoted for overnight hospitals.