ICU outreach provides continuity of care

Three female nurses stand looking at a computer monitor in a hospital hallway
September 25, 2020

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) outreach service at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) provides support services and specialised interventions to acutely ill patients that have been transferred from ICU to hospital wards.

The service aims to assist patients and families with the transition by providing continuity of care and effective liaison between clinical teams.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Cathy Haddock and Clinical Nurse Trish McCabe run the outreach service.

“Patients and their families can find the experience in ICU to be quite traumatic, so we help them emotionally adjust to new environments within the hospital,” Cathy said.

“Seeing patients recover after a long stay, overcome a critical illness and take ownership of their care is very rewarding.

“We receive very positive feedback from staff, patients and families we care for, and that highlights the importance of this service.”

The FSH ICU transfers an average of 220 patients to wards each month and the outreach service completes 200 patient visits each month.

The service operates:

  • Monday, Wednesday Thursday – 8am to 8.30pm
  • Tuesday and Friday – 8am to 4.30pm

For more information contact Cathy Haddock on 6152 7654 or 6152 9461.

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