Pre-admission risk assessment & care planning in acute care
Compass is a clinical assessment solution that enables clinicians and hospitals to plan care that is appropriate for each patient. This applies to both clinical practice and operational management.
Compass provides the common ground whereby acute and critical care resources can be allocated using standardised clinical criteria.
The ability to assess and optimise patients at the point of admission informs patient choice and reassures clinicians that the risks have been fully understood.
Meanwhile, discharge planning according to a clinically predicted length of stay enables more efficient bed management and thus the ability to reduce costs.
Avoid the arbitrary decisions that crisis management generates. Compass provides the wherewithal to take a considered view on care pathways, length of stay and critical care bed management according to objective clinical need,both strategically and on a case-by-case basis.
Philip Gaffney, L2S2 Ltd
Pre-admission risk assessment for acute care
Compass uses CRAB's innovative risk algorithm to predict the clinical risks of death and complications for a particular course of treatment.
The solution can be used by clinicians in outpatient or pre-admission clinics, or by GPs at the point of referral as a rapid ready-reckoner to understand the attendant risks for a particular patient.
This has a number of benefits for patients and clinicians, as well as for the organisation.
For example, an objective, evidence-based risk assessment provides an auditable backdrop to a clinician’s decision regarding the course of treatment recommended.
Likewise, an assessment of risk that may be easily understood can facilitate a truly informed discussion with the patient about choice and consent.
Critical care management
HDU and ITU beds are frequently in short supply. Patients are often cared for on general wards when their outcome would be greatly improved with a critical care bed.
Yet the answer doesn't have to be expensive capital investment in new facilities. Hospitals have used CRAB effectively to achieve the same results by understanding individual patientcare needs and reconfiguring resources more efficiently.
Compass allocates beds objectively according to clinical need and using universally agreed clinical criteria. This removes tension and competition between clinical teams as the basis for prioritising patients is impersonal and unbiased.
Length of stay prediction
Compass can also give a highly accurate picture of the likely length of stay for a particular patient. This allows commissioners and providers alike to manage care and to contract on the basis of the length of stay appropriate for each patient’s care.
Compass replaces blanket policies for reducing length of stay, which may not be in the organisation or patient’s best interest, instead managing bed availability according to clinical need. Investigation is only required when patients fall significantly outside predictive parameters.
Compass enables commissioners and providers to fulfil Lord Darzi’s vision of appropriate care for the individual patient.
The benefits of Compass are not confined to clinical care. It provides the ability to take strategic decisions about, for example, critical care bed management and discharge planning.
Multiple additional functions can also be introduced to improve management and reporting efficiency. We can respond to most requests, but key examples are:
- Automated discharge summaries
- WHO Surgical Safety Checklist audit
- Management information and central reporting