Emergency care

Innovations

Remote Consultations Provide On-Demand Access to Stroke Specialists for Network of 31 Emergency Departments, Facilitating Rapid Stroke Treatment and Patient Transfers 01/31/08

The Michigan Stroke Network provides on-demand remote consultations to emergency department physicians in 30 hospitals and one freestanding emergency department throughout Michigan. These consultations provide the physicians with access to stroke care specialists within 12 to 15 minutes of the physician making a telephone call.

Medical Response Team Saves Lives by Empowering Nurses to Recognize and Act on Early Warning Signs of Trouble 01/23/08

The medical response team at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN, responds to early warning signs that patients are in cardiac or respiratory distress and moves quickly to rescue them before medical emergencies develop; the team has reduced cardiac arrests by 26 percent.

Two-Track ED Process Flow Reduces the Number of Untreated Patients, Lengths of Stay, and Waiting Times 01/22/08

A new change mode helps emergency departments redesign patient flow processes so that a clinical team rapidly triages each patient, allowing for accelerated treatment of less sick patients and faster admission for those who are very ill.

Comprehensive Emergency Department and Inpatient Changes Improve Emergency Department Patient Satisfaction, Reduce Bottlenecks That Delay Admissions 01/22/08

To improve emergency department patient satisfaction and throughput, St. Francis Medical Center in Los Angeles implemented a comprehensive bundle of interrelated strategies.

Comprehensive Monitoring Pinpoints 911 Dispatch Inefficiencies, Leading to Communication and Deployment Improvements That Increase Cardiac Arrest Survival 01/15/08

A collaborative effort to develop an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest registry and change 911 call routing and ambulance deployment processes led to a significant improvement in the cardiac arrest survival rate in Atlanta.

Team Triage Reduces Emergency Department Walkouts, Improves Patient Care 01/14/08

The emergency department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center established a program in which patients are quickly assessed in a triage area by a team consisting of a physician, a nurse, and a paramedic.

Data-Driven Community Education and Defibrillator Placement Increase Bystander-Administered CPR and Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates in Atlanta 01/14/08

The American Heart Association spearheaded a public education campaign (called “Restart Atlanta's Hearts”) to teach Atlanta area residents to identify individuals who are experiencing cardiac arrest and to act quickly to save them.

Paramedics' Adoption of Established Tool to Measure a Child's Weight Enhances Accuracy of Drug Dosing for Resuscitations 01/07/08

Emergency management services workers who use an established tool to measure a child's weight administer more accurate doses of emergency medications to pediatric patients.

In-Hospital, 24-Hour Pharmacy Services via Automated Medication Dispenser Add Convenience and Increase Medication Safety 12/28/07

St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center offers in-house, 24-hour pharmacy services via a fully automated dispenser that allows patients to have medication prescriptions filled at the point of care.

Acuity-Adaptable Inpatient Rooms Eliminate Most Patient Transfers, Leading to Enhanced Safety, Satisfaction, and Efficiency 12/27/07

Acuity-adaptable inpatient rooms improve care quality and reduce costs in a cardiac care unit by drastically decreasing patient transfers.

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