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A growing body of evidence links shorter stays in emergency departments with improved patient outcomes and reduced mortality.

Over the last 18 months Francis Health has been working with five (5) District Health Boards (DHBs) in New Zealand on acute patient flow improvement.  The graph below shows a 3.75% difference in Emergency Department target performance* between those five DHBs and the all the other DHBs in NZ. 

The Francis Health cohort of DHBs have attained (and sustained) a growing lead over the other 15 DHBs in terms of Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments (SSED) performance.  We are very proud of this result, which shows at a system level how our approach is moving the needle on ED performance and reducing patient mortality as a result.

*The NZ ‘Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments’ (SSED)  target is that 95% of patients will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an emergency department (ED) within six hours.  

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