PA Hospital’s Medical Assessment and Planning Unit celebrated their first decade as a strategic solution to demand after launching on Valentine’s Day 2011.
PAH Chair of Medicine, Dr Judy Flores said Valentine’s Day was a fitting start for the unit which was betrothed to the Emergency Department from its inception.
“Over the past 10 years, MAPU has had a close working relationship with the Emergency Department, as well as cardiology and general medicine.
“The team are helping mend broken hearts every day, as well as anything and everything else meeting the criteria that comes through the door,” said Dr Flores.
The MAPU model of care was a brand-new concept for PA Hospital and built on assessment and planning units introduced internationally to be a tailor-made solution for the hospital’s needs.
“MAPU allows our expert team to pull patients directly from ED into the unit, providing early senior review and access to a wide range of allied health.
“This allows patients to have a full assessment and management plan put into place in a very timely fashion with a target time of 48 hours within the unit before they are ready to be sent home,” she said.
The model of care continues to prove very effective for the hospital.
“In the first half of this financial year alone, MAPU has already seen close to 1000 patients for general medical assessment (GMAP), over 400 cardiology patients and 250 general medicine patients.
“This demonstrates an increase of 400 GMAP patients from the same time last financial year proving the significant amount of patient flow through the unit.”
During the height of the COVID-19 response in Queensland, the unit was significantly affected having to relocate to accommodate the expanded emergency department footprint and to cater for different areas of need.
“The MAPU team continued to deliver the model of care, maintaining excellent patient care through the difficult circumstances of the pandemic with teamwork and cohesion.”
MAPU Director, Prof Kean Khoo, said the way the team work comprehensively together what sets the unit apart from any of the 19 hospitals he has worked in.
“When I came to MAPU nearly two years ago, I coined the concept of the MAPU family because the collegiality between the allied health, pharmacy, admin, nursing and medical in this team is just amazing,” he said.