Ramping has never been this bad

Posted on
March 29, 2021

Do not accept the unacceptable.

We have long-standing safety bans about the ramping area within hospitals, but we know anecdotally that ramping has never been this bad.

We believe these bans in place will get things moving and make a positive change. To achieve this, we must stick together and encourage everyone to comply with the bans.

The bans are not a fundamental change in work practices, they simply confirm your ability to act within your scope of practice and ultimately get safer outcomes for your patients.

Working outside your scope of practice when something goes wrong could be a career-ending event. AHPRA will not care if you acted for the benefit of the patient if that action ultimately led to a poor patient outcome.

Please share this flyer with your colleagues and DEM staff to avoid any confusion.

This is not a DEM vs AT issue. This is simply confirming that you, as registered health professionals, are standing up for your profession. If “Custom and practice” is dangerous it shouldn't continue to be accepted.

If we keep accepting the current practice it won't ever change.

AT policy requires an SRLS after a 5-minute triage delay. This is not punitive; it is evidence-gathering to validate data. We know triage delays of 30-40 minutes occur regularly, but this doesn’t count as “tracked ramping time” in the data. Currently, it doesn’t get counted at all.

If you don’t have the time or equipment to hand to do the SRLS, please remember to ask the SOC or the R-DM to do them.

You can print the attached flyer and spread the word.

We know that by following the current safety bans we’ll get things moving towards resolving ramping issues. Broadly all of these are supported by Ambulance Tasmania.

If you have any questions, feel free to call me on 1300 880 032

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form