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|Title:||Extended care unit: a feasible economic solution for longer-term palliative inpatients.|
|Authors:||Wong, Aaron K;Moran, Juli A|
|Affiliation:||Department of Palliative Care, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia|
|Citation:||Internal Medicine Journal 2018; 48(11): 1389-1392|
|Abstract:||Palliative patients who cannot go home are placed into nursing homes. This involves moving between up to five locations in the final weeks of life. We censored all inpatients on a single day from a large tertiary centre to investigate the feasibility of a proposed extended care unit to accommodate patients with a prognosis of less than 90 days, unable to return home, and with nursing home referral process commenced. This study identifies a present demand for an extended care unit (15 patients identified), outlines admission criteria, and proposes a funding model that is predicted to save hospital costs (savings of $207.70 per patient per bed day). This patient-focused approach is a feasible economic solution to the current unmet needs of this patient demographic.|
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