This year we started trialling a respiratory program on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to help clients diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – a serious, progressive condition that limits airflow in the lungs – manage their condition.
The aim of the program is hospital prevention, with eligible clients participating in the program receiving care in the community as needed via a multidisciplinary team including nurses, doctors and allied health professionals.
Silver Chain General Manager, East Coast, Clark Chambers, said the Nambour General Hospital within the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) is currently identifying eligible clients and referring them to the program.
“In the future, we’d also like to work with doctors in the community to identity clients who are eligible for the program but haven’t needed to be admitted to hospital for treatment of their condition,” Clark said.
The program features a web based application – Care Centre – which was developed by Silver Chain in partnership with Telstra and allows clients to enter their symptoms daily for monitoring by health professionals.
“All clients participating in the program are provided with scales, a thermometer and a blood pressure monitor and each day they enter their observations into Care Centre via a Silver Chain tablet,” Clark explained.
“Care Centre provides our nurses with an alert when a client’s condition is deteriorating, so they can intervene and arrange for the appropriate care to be provided, potentially preventing a hospital admission.”
Funded by Queensland Health and the SCHHS, Silver Chain has worked collaboratively with the SCHHS and general practitioners to bring this program to life.