Who PREVIEW-ED© Helps?
The initial focus has been on LTC residents. However, Home Care, Rehabilitation, specialized LTC units such as Ventilator units, Complex Continuing Care, and Assisted Living Facilities have expressed interest in using PREVIEW-ED. In addition, family members caring for aging parents in the home have also been testing PREVIEW-ED.
In addition to these sectors, avoiding ED transfers is also helpful to acute care facilities in terms of demand on both the Emergency Department and the impact on bed flow.
Improving quality of care is one of the top priorities in all sectors of healthcare. Appropriate use of healthcare funding dollars is also a key deliverable for healthcare leaders. PREVIEW-ED accomplishes both. It helps maintain quality of life for residents of LTC and it avoids the unnecessary costs of transportation, ED visit and potential admission to acute care.
As of March 2017, 79 LTC facilities (8063 LTC beds) in Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia have implemented PREVIEW-ED as well as one Ontario LTC facility.