Reducing attendance at trauma clinics by providing first-point-of-contact treatment
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O'Neill, Angela; Harrhy, Liegh. Reducing attendance at trauma clinics by providing first-point-of-contact treatment. Emergency Nurse27(5)2019
In 2016, the urgent and ambulatory care service in Oxfordshire formed part of a cross-organisational partnership working group. The group consisted of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust community minor injury units (MIUs) at Abingdon and Witney, and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) trauma and orthopaedic specialties and emergency department (ED). The aim was to redesign fracture management pathways and delivery of definitive care at patients’ first point of contact with the NHS. This article discusses the implementation of the trauma pathways in two of Oxfordshire’s community MIUs. In total, a range of seven common fracture pathways seen in the ED and community MIUs were redesigned so that patients were treated definitively at the first point of contact and discharged with a safety net supported by leaflets; a direct contact facility to OUH trauma specialties was part of the safety net allowing patients to self-refer to the trauma clinic if they had any concerns. In total, 513 patients were treated and discharged on see, treat and discharge fracture pathways in the first year of pathway operation, which represented a 21% decrease in patient referral rates to the trauma clinic at OUH compared with the previous year.