The response to COVID-19 has led to a “lockdown” of varying degrees across Australia and New Zealand, mostly commencing in late March 2020. This has led to a significant reduction in ED presentations across both countries.
During this time, concerns have been raised about the possibility of patients with serious or urgent conditions delaying ED presentation. On the other hand, patients with minor complaints may be staying away.
In recent weeks, restrictions have begun to be lifted.
We are now in the unique position of being able to examine the impact of COVID-19 and our responses on acute hospital care. To do this, we are hoping to obtain comprehensive data (2017 to 2022) from individual hospital EDs to examine the impact of recent events. This expression of interest is endorsed by the ACEM ED Epidemiology Network, the NZEM Network and the PREDICT Network.
We are also hoping to use this opportunity to take the first steps towards a binational ED clinical registry, which could be used in the future for benchmarking, quality improvement and research.
To minimise the work required, we are seeking routinely collected data only (i.e. data which is readily available, and regularly reported to your local health department). All data is strictly confidential, and individual hospital data will not be reported.
Ethics applications will be lodged within the coming weeks, and we are keen for all EDs across Australia and New Zealand to participate.
Register your interest.
Prof Simon Craig A/Prof Paul Middleton Prof Meredith Borland
A/Prof Peter Jones Prof Stuart Dalziel A/Prof Gerard O’Reilly
On behalf of the ACEM ED Epidemiology Network, the NZEM Network and the PREDICT Network.