Hospital emergency department

Innovations

On-the-Scene Video Consultations With Emergency Physicians Reduce Unnecessary Ambulance Transports and Emergency Department Visits, Connect People to Medical Homes 11/05/15

Through a program known as ETHAN (“Emergency Telehealth and Navigation”), the City of Houston Fire Department Emergency Medical Services program uses video and other technology to allow emergency...

Emergency Department–Based Asthma Clinic Improves Self-Management Behaviors and Reduces Acute Episodes for Low-Income, Inner-City Children and Teenagers 09/17/14

Through a program known as IMPACT DC (Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia), Children's National Health System has an emergency department–based clinic that serves low-...

California Law Enhances Access to Affordable Care by Limiting Amount Hospitals Can Collect From Low-Income Uninsured and Underinsured Patients 01/30/14

Enacted by the California State legislature, the Hospital Fair Pricing Act limits the amount all licensed, general acute-care hospitals (including nonprofit, for-profit, and public hospitals) can...

Statewide Ban on Ambulance Diversions Reduces Ambulance Turnaround Time and Emergency Department Length of Stay for Patients Admitted to the Hospital 01/14/14

In 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health became the first State to ban ambulance diversions—a practice in which a crowded emergency department temporarily stops accepting patients...

Emergency Department Uses Tool To Identify At-Risk Patients in Need of HIV Testing, Leading to Same Number of Newly Diagnosed Patients with Fewer Screening Tests 12/18/13

Instead of attempting to screen all patients for HIV, the Denver Health Medical Center emergency department uses an electronic risk assessment tool known as the Denver HIV Risk Score to estimate a...

QualityTools

Quality Field Notes: Reducing Inappropriate Emergency Department Use 07/29/15

This toolkit provides resources and recommendations for reducing inappropriate emergency department (ED) use. It includes key lessons to begin the process of reducing ED use, information on how data can help to identify avoidable ED use, and...

Ask Suicide-Screening Questions 11/05/13

This screening tool, called the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ), is a set of four questions that emergency department nurses or physicians can administer to help identify youth at risk for attempting suicide.

Eating Disorders in the Emergency Department: Critical Points for the Recognition and Medical Management of Individuals With Eating Disorders in the Acute Care Setting 11/05/13

This guide for emergency department staff and clinicians is intended as a resource to promote recognition and prevention of medical morbidity and mortality associated with eating disorders.

The guide covers the following topics:...

Managing Drug-Seeking Behaviors & Super Users in the Emergency Department 10/01/13

This guide for emergency department (ED) physicians, nurses, and caregivers includes information and tools for providing pain management care to “super users” in the ED. The guide offers an approach to understanding and managing two groups of...

Mission: Lifeline Tools and Resources 02/08/13

This Web site provides hospitals and health systems tools and resources to improve their systems of care when responding to a patient with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) or out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

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