The impact of a new emergency admission avoidance system for older people on length of stay and same-day discharges.

Wright PN , Tan G , Iliffe S , Lee D
Age and ageing
unplanned hospital admissions of older patients continue to attract the attention of UK policymakers, advisors and media. Reducing the number and length of stay (LOS) of these admissions has the potential to save NHS substantial costs while reducing iatrogenic risks. Some NHS trusts have introduced geriatric admission-avoidance systems, but evidence of their effectiveness is lacking. In September 2010, The Royal Free Hospital and Haverstock Healthcare Ltd, a GP provider organisation, introduced an admission-avoidance system for patients aged 70 or over: the Triage and Rapid Elderly Assessment Team (TREAT).

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