On any given day in the Emergency Department at the University of Alberta Hospital, hundreds of people, including you or someone you love, will receive the medical attention they need to get back to what they care about most – their families, their homes, their jobs, their lives.
About 25% of them, however, will be admitted to the University of Alberta Hospital for additional, more complex, care.
The Rapid Transfer Unit is a quiet, healing environment within the Emergency Department where patients will begin their treatment before an inpatient bed becomes available.
Originally designed to accommodate 58,000 patients per year, the Emergency Department at the University of Alberta Hospital provided care to over 70,000 people in 2016 – increasing strain on staff and resources in a department that typically operates at or above 100% capacity.
With Edmonton and surrounding communities continuing to grow, and Alberta’s population aging, these numbers will continue to increase. In fact, it’s already happening. Since 2010, the number of patients in Emergency over the age of 65 – who also happen to be the patients most likely to have more than one complex health concern – has increased by 40%.
In addition, as Edmonton and northern Alberta’s only Level One Trauma Centre, the team of doctors and staff at the University of Alberta Hospital’s Emergency Department care for 60% of all trauma cases in Edmonton, and provide care to severely injured patients across western Canada.