Action On: Emergency
We're improving access
Dr. Gavin Greenfield visits Margaret McCormack, 95, in the emergency department of the Foothills Medical Centre
There are 3.7 million people living in Alberta and they’re visiting emergency departments 1.9 million times a year.
Alberta Health Services has set achievable targets to improve access to emergency services for all Albertans, so they can receive the care they need and get back home sooner.
- For emergency department visits requiring hospital admission, the percentage of people whose length of stay is eight hours or less will increase from 48 per cent today to 90 per cent by 2015.
- For emergency department visits not requiring hospital admission, the percentage of people whose length of stay is four hours or less will increase from 80 per cent today to 90 per cent in 2015.
These targets mean Albertans will have some of the shortest emergency department lengths of stay in Canada.
Here are just some of many ways we’re improving access to emergency for all Albertans.
Medical assessment units free beds, provide quicker access
Providing more timely treatment
Prompt attention for Alberta's children
Improving patient flow
Northern Lights set a shining example
Improving access & reducing system pressures
Three busy emergency departments expanding
Programs reduce avoidable emergency visits
Keeping seniors healthy and independent
Earlier treatment means earlier discharge
Streamlining ambulance transfers
Right care in right place eases emergency pressure
If you have suggestions on how we can improve access to our emergency departments across the province, or would like more information, please email Innovation@AlbertaHealthServices.ca.