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HemoCue Making a Difference in Western Australia's Goldfields

Vast areas, harsh terrain and dirty tracks can be the working condition scenario for some health care teams in Australia. Struggling to get blood results back to a central laboratory can take many hours or even days in these conditions. This is where point of care technology can play an important role in getting the results needed to take decisions. Our colleagues at Radiometer Pacific shared the story of one of these teams. Bega Garnbirringu Health Services is the primary provider of health care to the indigenous community in the WA Goldfields region. Using HemoCue analyzers allows them to screen their patients for anemia and helps their clinical team to diagnose infection as well as ensure proper antibiotic stewardship.

July 2, 2019

Bega Garnbirringu Health Services is the primary provider of health care to the indigenous community in the WA Goldfields region. This is a vast area to the east of Perth, stretching from around Kalgoorlie to the desert borders with South Australia, an area of several thousand square km.

Within this vast landscape lives several populations of the indigenous population who are still living and practicing their culture in this beautiful sun burned land. Unfortunately, colonialism and the effects of western diets has had a negative impact on this community resulting in many chronic illnesses that are endemic in the goldfields population that affect their quality of life. This is where the services of Bega Garnbirringu come into effect with their mobile clinics and health care team, they travel the length and width of this vast region delivering essential health care where needed.

Staff from Bega Garnbirringu Health Service team standing outside the van with HemoCue analyzers

The challenges of providing health care in this vast region are many, not only is the terrain harsh with many roads being dirt tracks. The distances are huge with several communities being more than 6 hrs drive from Kalgoorlie. Getting blood results back to a central laboratory or hospital can take many hours or even days if the roads become impassable with the weather. The population is nomadic by culture and can travel from location to location within this vast area making it difficult for Bega Garnbirringu health care team to follow up patients with results and appropriate treatment. This means point of care technology is an essential tool of Bega Garnbirringu health care services. The HemoCue® Hb 201+ System and the HemoCue® WBC DIFF System plays a vital role in point-of-care testing for anemia and infection.

Bega Garnbirringu has invested in several Hb 201+ and WBC DIFF analysers to use in their Kalgoorlie clinic and mobile clinics. This allows them to screen their patients for anemia using the Hb 201+ and the WBC DIFF to help their clinical team to diagnose infection as well as ensuring proper antibiotic stewardship.

Bega Garnbirringu use the HemoCue® WBC DIFF System and HemoCue® Hb 201+ System on their mobile clinics to help determine if a patient needs an urgent transferred by Australian Flying Doctor Service to a major hospital for treatment. This could potentially save a significant amount of limited healthcare funds in avoiding unnecessary transfers to hospitals, but also prevents the patient from unnecessary temporary relocation from their community for treatment.

Radiometer Pacific is proud to be working with Bega Garnbirringu to help deliver an effective health care to the remote indigenous community of the Goldfields region of Western Australia.

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