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Getting Dunedin Hospital Emergency Departments patients home sooner

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The Emergency Department team at Dunedin Hospital are putting an end to patients lying in beds or on trolleys when they are well enough to be safely assessed and treated while sitting in a chair.

In early 2019 one bed space in ED was converted into two chair spaces for patients who don’t need to be in a bed for treatment for a ‘Fit2Sit trial.’

During the trial 94% of Fit2Sit Patients left ED within the 6 Hour Target compared to 84% of non- Fit2Sit patients.

Following this successful trial the number of chair spaces is being increased to eight chairs by early 2020.

“By encouraging patients to sit and remain dressed for the duration of their treatment, it will improve the throughput of patients through ED and release capacity in the acute area.”

Janet Andrews, Charge Nurse Manager

Emergency Department nurses try out the fit to sit chair