Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

Gordon Hamilton, Director, The Electives Network

Hospital overview

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere and third largest hospital in the world, occupying approximately 70ha, with 3,200 beds and 7,000 staff.

Located in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, it is a teaching hospital for the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School.

Services provided include anaesthesia, blood bank, burn unit, intensive care unit, internal medicine, allied medical services, obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedics and orthopaedic surgery, paediatrics, radiology and radiography, and general surgery.

The Casualty, Emergency and Outpatient Unit is the busiest department. It receives approximately 350 patients per day, a number which can easily double over a weekend. Three emergency theatres run 24-hours a day.

Annually the hospital admits 150,000 inpatient and treats 500,000 outpatients.

Client: Gauteng Provincial Health Authorities (Public Sector)
Implementation: February 2008
Modules: PreOp, IntraOp, PACU, Bookings, Analytics, Admin
Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Operating Theatres: 14

The hospital's challenge

Due to the large volumes of trauma patients requiring emergency surgery, the hospital identified a need to accelerate the perioperative process to give clinicans more time to focus on patient care.

Of critical importance was a requirement for a simplified electronic information capturing process which would improve their ability to capture and store patient records and allow for future data analysis and reporting.

Getz Clinical solution

Getz Clinical‘s perioperative solutions — PreOp, IntraOp, PACU, Bookings and Analytics — were implemented in the hospital’s Trauma Directorate, which is comprised of four operating theatres, a 40 patient triage area with 11 examination cubicles, a 56 acute bed trauma ward and a 25 bed step-down ward. Ten additional operating theatres in the hospital were also included in the rollout.

The installation included hardware (client touch screen monitors and server infrastructure) that interfaced with patient monitoring equipment (multiple brands), professional implementation services, training services, technical support services, and configuration.

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