Using technology to reduce DTOCs
The Government’s enhanced Better Care Fund, designed to improve health and social care, won’t be available for at least two years. The British Red Cross says these funds are needed now, to support the older people who are currently stranded in hospital due to the gap in care provision.
A delayed discharge occurs when a patient, medically fit to go home, cannot leave hospital because the other necessary care or support is not available for them.
Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross, said: “The Government must ensure that older people are discharged from hospital in a safe, supported and timely way. Putting these already earmarked funds to use now, rather than later, would enable local health and social care providers to invest in cost-effective services. It would ensure that older people are discharged from hospital with dignity.”
In evidence submitted to the Public Accounts Committee inquiry on 6th June discharging older people from acute hospitals, the British Red Cross stressed that this issue, often referred to as ‘bed-blocking’, is almost never the fault of the patient. The delays are primarily caused by pressure on health services and a lack of investment in care services for adults.
In addition further evidence submitted by the British Red Cross stated that social care and prevention services are cost-effective and achieve positive outcomes for older people and their carers. It also maintains that investing in prevention services could significantly help avoid people unnecessarily going into hospital in the first place.
Semitae for Hospital Discharge
Find out about IEG4′s Semitae solution for optimisation of the Hospital Discharge process here:
Semitae HD enables assessments to be delivered through intelligent electronic forms, which intelligently identify the support needs required to assure an effective and speedy discharge. These assessments can be carried out by hospital/care staff or, for elective surgery, can be self assessments prior to arriving at the hospital.
Importantly, discharge teams can assign support needs to internal/external agencies, which those organisations can see in real time. When a task has been accepted by an agency e.g. community nurse/physiotherapist/care home manager this is visible in real time at a glance. Meaning hospital staff can visualise those cases which are ready to be discharged and those which need escalation.
All without faxes, emails and snail mail!