Emergency Surgery: Standards for unplanned surgical care and the introduction of pre-assessment units

Following the publication of ‘Taking care in an emergency’ in the June addition of HSJ, we thought it appropriate to comment on how our COMPASS module can support the Royal College of Surgeons new standards and guidance for delivering this type of care, which can be found here:

The necessity for every hospital to have a reliable surgical assessment unit for Emergency Care is paramount, given the nature of the patients’ state of health as they are often the sickest people to be treated. The Royal College of Surgeons wants to see earlier consultant involvement with first-class surgical pre-assessment to prioritise emergency cases. With better assessment and diagnosis, staff would be supported in organising prompt patient admissions according to their clinical need, resulting in swifter access to theatres for the sickest.

C-CI’s COMPASS module is the key to delivering this cheaply and in a user-friendly way for clinical staff. With its sophisticated risk stratification it provides individual assessment for patients on their current state of health and will inform a clear diagnostic and monitoring strategy tailored to individual circumstances.

It’s inevitable that without the introduction of a reliable surgical assessment unit, the NHS will continue to spend significant amounts of money on readmissions, complication rates, increased lengths of stay, and litigation.

COMPASS helps avoid unnecessary delays by introducing a standardised system across all specialties, and supports staff in understanding appropriate care pathways as well as prioritising need for allocation of Critical Care facilities.

Empowering patients with respect to their care is also high on the agenda for the RCS, and COMPASS can also be helpful in an elective setting for consultants to have at their fingertips an objective and auditable yardstick of the relative risks of different procedures to discuss with patients.

We have worked with a variety of leading NHS and private organisations in applying this methodology to inform clinical risk management and resource allocation, with the collateral benefit of improved cost-effectiveness. Trials of our systems are inexpensive, starting from as little as £3,000; for full contracts payment terms as well as external legal support to reduce procurement costs are also available. If you would like to find out more then please contact us.

  • 20 Nov, 2013
  • Claire Bale

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