Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Sue McLellan, Dr Mary Galvin and David McMaugh, ‘Benefits Measurement from the Use of an Automated Anaesthetic Record Keeping System (AARK)’, Electronic Journal of Health Informatics, 2011, Volume 6(1), e6

Hospital overview

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital is a 929 bed maternity and tertiary referral teaching hospital located near Brisbane’s central business district.

The hospital is the largest provider of health care services for Queensland Health and offers a comprehensive range of specialties including medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics, gynaecology, neonatal intensive care and trauma services.

It serves one tenth of all patients in Queensland, and serves patients from northern New South Wales and the Pacific Rim.

Each year 90,000 people are admitted to the hospital and over 22,000 surgeries are performed.

The hospital participates in world-leading research and education in the pursuit of excellence in specialised care. It holds partnerships with more than 14 national universities and collaborates with the Australian Defence Force.

Client: Queensland Health (Public Sector)
Implementation: March 2010
Modules: Induction, IntraOp, PACU, PreOp, Analytics, Chronology, Remote Assist and Admin
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Induction Bays: 22
Operating Theatres: 37
Post Anaesthetic Care Units: 48

The hospital’s challenge

Queensland Health’s interest in an automated, electronic anaesthesia information management system began with an initial deployment of early versions of Getz Clinical modules in Cairns Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital.

With the success of the implementation in both sites, Queensland Health identified that the system could provide benefits across their state-wide operations.

Of the 43 Queensland Health hospitals using Getz Clinical modules, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital was the largest installation, with 107 medical grade devices mounted in operating theatres, induction bays and post anaesthetic care units.

Getz Clinical solution

Implementation was comprehensive across all surgical services. These include burns, ear nose and throat (ENT), general surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology and optometry, oral and maxillofacial, orthopaedic, plastic and reconstructive, thoracic, trauma, urology and vascular.

Emergency and elective surgical services are provided at a tertiary level for the central Queensland area and secondary services are provided for the northern suburbs of Brisbane. The burns unit is a state-wide service.

In 2013 the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital was the first hospital in Queensland to achieve accreditation as a level one trauma service.

Getz Clinical modules are used to record patient vitals for all services.

The full installation included hardware (touch screen monitors and server infrastructure), professional implementation services, training services, technical support services and configuration.

To ensure the implementation was successful, Getz Clinical systems integrated with processes and practices at Queensland Health.

Patient data recorded by Getz Clinical modules is used in collaborative research undertaken by the Department of Anaesthetics and Perioperative Medicine in conjunction with leading research facilities such as the Australian e-Health Research Centre/CSIRO ICT Centre, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, Griffith University and Victoria University.

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