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ICON funding targets deteriorating patients

12 July 2017

At risk and deteriorating patients will continue receiving early expert intervention thanks to a funding boost for Intensive Care Outreach Nurses (ICON).

NUM ICU Kellie Sosnowski said the program had run at Logan Hospital for the last six years between Mondays and Fridays but that the funding would now mean ICON could operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

She said a recruitment for the roles was now underway with a Go Live date expected in October.

“The program provides a nurse every shift in a roving and rounding capacity to attend medical emergency calls and visit all patients across the hospital who are at risk or deteriorating,” she said.

Logan Bayside Health Network Director Nursing and Midwifery Lorraine Stevenson said extension of the program was great news for patients and staff members from every division across the hospital.

She said early intervention was key to great patient care and commended the team on the work they did every day, particularly after hours.

“This program is about taking a multidisciplinary approach to acutely unwell patients.

“It is wonderful news that funding will enable it to continue.”

Last updated 13 July 2017

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