The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has set out a series of goals to increase efficiency for patients needing care that they hope to reach by 2015.
Speaking to business leaders at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon on Tuesday, WRHA president and CEO Arlene Wilgosh announced five patient flow targets. The targets are meant to reduce the amount of time patients spend waiting for medical care in local emergency rooms.
“These targets are clear,” Wilgosh said. “These targets are measurable. Meeting these targets will require all of us working in the system to be innovative, ready for change and accountable while maintaining patient safety as our number one priority.”
The targets the WRHA hopes to reach by 2015 are:
- Ninety percent (90%) of all non-admitted patients are to be treated and discharged from emergency departments within 4 hours;
- Ninety percent (90%) of admitted patients are to be treated and discharged from emergency departments within 8 hours;
- No patient is to be in an emergency department for longer than 24 hours;
- All ambulances are able to off-load patients within 60 minutes; and
- All non-emergent visits to emergency room make up no more than twenty per cent (20%) of all ED visits.
Wilgosh said when the wait for care is too long, patient care suffers.