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May the force be with the over 75’s on Brisbane’s southside thanks to the new GEDI which landed at QEII Hospital last month.
The newly established Geriatric Emergency Department Initiative (GEDI) program is a specialist care team which ensures that people over the age of 75 living within the community can receive the best care for their unique and complicated health needs when presenting to the Emergency Department.
QEII Hospital’s GEDI Clinical Nurse, Julie Bowdery, said the initiative brings a new facet of care and a specialist set of skills to help the QEII care teams.
“By bringing together special interest ED nurses, ED Geriatricians and pharmacists, the GEDI team provide targeted care for older patients who live independently in the community which fast-tracks their journey through the ED as well as their inpatient stay.
“It is a complimentary service to the existing CARE-PACT and CHIP nursing teams dedicated to the residential aged care patients that regularly come to QEII,” she said.
CARE-PACT nurses are specifically for residential aged care patients transferring to hospital and CHIP nurses assist patients after they leave the hospital to ensure they can access required treatments without being an inpatient. The addition of the GEDI team now means that all social circumstances of the complex ‘ageing’ patient group are catered for.
“The health concerns for this cohort of patients and why they present to ED is incredibly varied which is why it’s important to have specialised support.
“It could be an 85year old with a dog bite or a 75 year old having a stroke, their level of frailty impacts their care plan and the GEDI are able to assist with that,” she said.
Care within Emergency Departments is time sensitive and aims to achieve the right diagnosis in the shortest time frame. The introduction of the GEDI team ensures this mandate has a human approach to make these patients comfortable and supported.
Launched across Queensland on 1 July, the GEDI program is a state-funded initiative targeted at older patients living within the community that will offer more support throughout their hospital journey.