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Beaudesert implements criteria-based process

18 June 2024

Around one third of Beaudesert Hospital's tiniest patients are now being discharged by midwives under a criteria-based system introduced late last year.

Midwifery Unit Manager Nicole Tucker said in a rural maternity unit, women and babies sometimes had to wait for the discharge baby check in circumstances such as an out-of-hours discharge.

She said under the new system, babies could be discharged if they met a midwifery criteria.

"Criteria led midwifery discharge of the neonate supports women centred care, continuity of care and allows midwives to practice more fully within the scope of practice," she said.

Eight of the midwives based at Beaudesert have completed the accreditation process, which included completing a workbook and having their competency assessed by the Paediatric Chief Registrar at Logan Hospital.

The unit plans to have all the midwives attain competency with the new system.

Last updated 18 June 2024
Last reviewed 18 June 2024

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