Emergency care

Innovations

Imaging Protocol Sharply Reduces Overuse of Cervical Spine X-Rays for Emergency Department Trauma Patients 04/19/11

A simple protocol significantly reduces overuse of cervical spine x-rays in emergency department patients with traumatic injury.

Emergency Department Protocol Leads to Faster Identification and Treatment of Pediatric Patients With Sepsis 04/10/11

A “shock” protocol involving computerized flagging of abnormal vital signs and initiation of treatment based on standardized order sets led to faster identification and treatment of children with suspected sepsis in the emergency department.

Algorithm Guides Test Ordering for Patients With Suspected Pulmonary Embolism, Improving Patient Safety by Reducing Unnecessary Radiation Exposure 04/08/11

A hospital emergency department uses a simple algorithm and related tools to guide physician ordering of imaging studies for stable patients with suspected pulmonary embolism, leading to the provision of safer care by reducing unnecessary radiation exposure for patients.

Health System Improves Access to Culturally Competent Interpreters Through Participation in Telephone and Video Interpretation Network 03/24/11

Contra Costa Health Services provides video and telephonic interpretation services to diverse patient populations at its clinics and regional hospital through participation in a shared network of trained interpreters, leading to improved access to interpretation services for patients with limited English proficiency.

Hospital-Based Program Educates and Arranges Community-Based Support for Young Victims of Violence, Leading to Fewer Repeat Episodes 02/21/11

A hospital-based program for young victims of penetrating trauma identifies those at risk of future violence, educates them about the need to change behaviors to reduce those risks, and connects them to community-based organizations that can help them in doing so, leading to fewer repeat episodes.

Referring Physicians Send Electronic Handoff Note With Pertinent Patient Information to Emergency Department, Improving Physician Efficiency and Quality of Care 02/03/11

Community-based physicians send an electronic handoff note with pertinent information to Northwestern Memorial Hospital's emergency department personnel when referring patients for emergency care, leading to improvements in physician efficiency and satisfaction, care coordination, and the quality and timeliness of care.

Emergency Department Expedites Treatment of Moderate Acuity Patients, Reducing Length of Stay and Walkouts 01/24/11

A hospital emergency department triages moderately acute patients to a “midtrack” area where a nurse practitioner further evaluates them and provides treatment under a physician's supervision, leading to lower length of stay and fewer patient walkouts.

Dedicated Emergency Department Team Follows Up With Discharged Patients, Easing Physician Workload and Enhancing Quality of Care 01/20/11

A dedicated team of nurses and clerks provides followup support for patients discharged from the emergency department, leading to better quality care, high satisfaction among patients and primary care providers, and fewer patient walkouts.

Ongoing Monitoring, Prompt Feedback, and Reminders Improve Hand Hygiene in a Busy, Urban Emergency Department 12/28/10

A multifaceted strategy that includes ongoing auditing of adherence to established protocols and daily performance feedback to staff improved hand hygiene in a busy, urban emergency department.

Emergency Medical Technician Screening of Rural-Dwelling Older Adults Enhances Access to Needed Health and Social Services 12/17/10

Emergency medical technicians screen rural-dwelling older adults for depression, medication-related problems, and falls. A case manager follows up with at-risk individuals to conduct an in-home assessment and provide needed referrals, leading to enhanced access to medical and social services and high levels of satisfaction.

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