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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712608/a-custom-developed-emergency-department-provider-electronic-documentation-system-reduces-operational-efficiency
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Joshua Feblowitz, Sukhjit S Takhar, Michael J Ward, Ryan Ribeira, Adam B Landman
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Electronic health record implementation can improve care, but may also adversely affect emergency department (ED) efficiency. We examine how a custom, ED provider, electronic documentation system (eDoc), which replaced paper documentation, affects operational performance. METHODS: We analyzed retrospective operational data for 1-year periods before and after eDoc implementation in a single ED. We computed daily operational statistics, reflecting 60,870 pre- and 59,337 postimplementation patient encounters...
July 13, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704269/the-impact-of-medical-specialist-staffing-on-emergency-department-patient-flow-and-satisfaction
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M Christien van der Linden, Roeline A Y de Beaufort, Sven A G Meylaerts, Crispijn L van den Brand, Naomi van der Linden
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the impact of additional medical specialists, non-emergency physicians (non-EPs), performing direct supervision or a combination of direct and indirect supervision at an EP-led emergency department (ED), on patient flow and satisfaction. PATIENTS AND METHODS: An observational, cross-sectional, three-part study was carried out including staff surveys (n=379), a before and after 16-week data collection using data of visits during the peak hours (n=5270), and patient questionnaires during 1 week before the pilot and during week 5 of the pilot...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693348/calm-interventions-behavioral-health-crisis-assessment-linkage-and-management-improve-patient-care
#3
Natalie A Lester, Laura R Thompson, Kendal Herget, Julie A Stephens, John V Campo, Eric J Adkins, Thomas E Terndrup, Susan Moffatt-Bruce
Emergency departments (EDs) have seen rising numbers of patients in psychiatric crises, patient boarding, and throughput delays. This study describes and evaluates the impact of a Crisis Assessment Linkage and Management (CALM) service designed to manage behavioral health crises. A year-to-year comparison was performed before (n = 2211 ED visits) and after implementation of CALM (n = 2387). CALM was associated with reductions in median ED and hospital length of stay (LOS) from 9.5 to 7.3 hours and 46.2 to 31...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Medical Quality: the Official Journal of the American College of Medical Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693330/reducing-unnecessary-blood-chemistry-testing-in-the-emergency-department-implementation-of-choosing-wisely
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Arjun K Venkatesh, David Hajdasz, Craig Rothenberg, Meir Dashevsky, Vivek Parwani, Mark Sevilla, Marc Shapiro, Ian Schwartz
Point of care (POC) laboratory testing is used to improve emergency department (ED) throughput but often overuses resources by duplicating formal laboratory testing. This study sought to evaluate the effect of a multimodal intervention on duplicate chemistry testing. This pre-post analysis included all visits to 2 urban EDs between June 2014 and June 2016. The multimodal intervention including provider education, signage, electronic health record redesign, and audit and feedback focused on reducing duplicate chemistry testing...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Medical Quality: the Official Journal of the American College of Medical Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645559/multicenter-prevalence-of-opioid-medication-use-as-abortive-therapy-in-the-emergency-department-treatment-of-migraine-headaches
#5
Neil Young, Daniel Silverman, Heather Bradford, Jeffrey Finkelstein
Despite a range of therapeutic options for treating acute migraine headaches, the use of opioids is still reported to be common practice. This study describes treatment practices in regards to migraines in the ED. It characterizes the prevalence of opioid orders during visits in three different settings, an academic medical center, a non-academic urban ED, and a community ED. Fourteen months of consecutive migraine visits were identified. All medications ordered were separated into first-line and rescue medications...
June 16, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637582/principles-of-capacity-management-applied-in-the-mental-health-context
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Kathryn Zeitz, Darryl Watson
Objective The aim of the paper was to describe a suite of capacity management principles that have been applied in the mental health setting that resulted in a significant reduction in time spent in two emergency departments (ED) and improved throughput.Methods The project consisted of a multifocal change approach over three phases that included: (1) the implementation of a suite of fundamental capacity management activities led by the service and clinical director; (2) a targeted Winter Demand Plan supported by McKinsey and Co...
June 22, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624270/implementation-and-evaluation-of-a-navigator-role-to-improve-emergency-department-throughput
#7
Paul Fulbrook, Melanie Jessup, Frances Kinnear
BACKGROUND: Emergency department overcrowding impacts patients, staff, and quality of care, and there is government pressure to optimize throughput and reduce waiting times. One solution for improving patient flow is the emerging 'navigator' role: a nurse that supports staff in care delivery; facilitating efficient and timely patient movement through the emergency department. METHODS: A 20-week project was implemented to evaluate an emergency department nurse navigator role...
June 14, 2017: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586533/characterization-of-rapid-extraction-protocols-for-high-throughput-metabolomics
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Sarah Gehrke, Julie A Reisz, Travis Nemkov, Kirk C Hansen, Angelo D'Alessandro
RATIONALE: In the last five years, high throughput metabolomics has significantly advanced scientific research and holds the potential to promote strides in the fields of clinical metabolomics and personalized medicine. While innovations in the field of flow-injection mass spectrometry and three-minute metabolomics methods now allow investigators to process hundreds to thousands of samples per day, time-sensitive clinical applications, particularly in the emergency department, are limited by a lack of rapid extraction methods...
June 6, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579532/dashboard-visualizations-supporting-real-time-throughput-decision-making
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Amy Franklin, Swaroop Gantela, Salsawit Shifarraw, Todd R Johnson, David J Robinson, Brent R King, Amit M Mehta, Charles L Maddow, Nathan R Hoot, Vickie Nguyen, Adriana Rubio, Jiajie Zhang, Nnaemeka G Okafor
Providing timely and effective care in the emergency department (ED) requires the management of individual patients as well as the flow and demands of the entire department. Strategic changes to work processes, such as adding a flow coordination nurse or a physician in triage, have demonstrated improvements in throughput times. However, such global strategic changes do not address the real-time, often opportunistic workflow decisions of individual clinicians in the ED. We believe that real-time representation of the status of the entire emergency department and each patient within it through information visualizations will better support clinical decision-making in-the-moment and provide for rapid intervention to improve ED flow...
July 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578757/decision-making-under-pressure-medical-errors-in-uncertain-and-dynamic-environments
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Alicia M Zavala, Gary E Day, David Plummer, Anita Bamford-Wade
Objective This paper provides a narrative overview of the literature concerning clinical decision-making processes when staff come under pressure, particularly in uncertain, dynamic and emergency situations.Methods Studies between 1980 and 2015 were analysed using a six-phase thematic analysis framework to achieve an in-depth understanding of the complex origins of medical errors that occur when people and systems are under pressure and how work pressure affects clinical performance and patient outcomes. Literature searches were conducted using a Summons Search Service platform; search criteria included a variety of methodologies, resulting in the identification of 95 papers relevant to the present review...
June 5, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544364/influenza-associated-delays-in-patient-throughput-and-premature-patient-departure-in-emergency-departments-in-new-south-wales-australia-a-time-series-analysis
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David J Muscatello, Kendall J Bein, Michael M Dinh
OBJECTIVES: Influenza outbreaks cause overcrowding in EDs. We aimed to quantify the impact of influenza on the National Emergency Access Targets and premature patient departure in New South Wales, Australia. METHODS: This was a retrospective observational study of 11 million presentations to 115 hospitals during 2010-2014, using routinely collected administrative records. A time series generalised additive regression model was used to assess the correlation between weekly influenza activity and the weekly proportion of patients leaving the ED in >4 h and the proportion that departed before commencing or completing treatment ('did not wait'), after controlling for background winter and holiday effects...
May 24, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528621/using-lean-to-rapidly-and-sustainably-transform-a-behavioral-health-crisis-program-impact-on-throughput-and-safety
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Margaret E Balfour, Kathleen Tanner, Paul J Jurica, Dawn Llewellyn, Robert G Williamson, Chris A Carson
BACKGROUND: Lean has been increasingly applied in health care to reduce waste and improve quality, particularly in fast-paced and high-acuity clinical settings such as emergency departments. In addition, Lean's focus on engagement of frontline staff in problem solving can be a catalyst for organizational change. In this study, ConnectionsAZ demonstrates how they applied Lean principles to rapidly and sustainably transform clinical operations in a behavioral health crisis facility. METHODS: A multidisciplinary team of management and frontline staff defined values-based outcome measures, mapped the current and ideal processes, and developed new processes to achieve the ideal...
June 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505059/creation-of-an-adult-observation-unit-improving-outcomes
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Joy M Plamann, Judith Zedreck-Gonzalez, Laura Fennimore
A growing segment of patients in hospitals are considered outpatients, classified as observation. These patients neither have the severity of illness nor the intensity of service to qualify as inpatients, yet are not well enough to be discharged. Hospitals have created observation units to address the clinical needs of this growing patient type to provide care in the right setting by managing emergency department throughput and utilizing the most efficient staffing resources. This article describes the change processes and improvements in quality, length of stay, and patient satisfaction, which occurred following the implementation of an adult observation unit...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Nursing Care Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487459/patient-flow-within-uk-emergency-departments-a-systematic-review-of-the-use-of-computer-simulation-modelling-methods
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Syed Mohiuddin, John Busby, Jelena Savović, Alison Richards, Kate Northstone, William Hollingworth, Jenny L Donovan, Christos Vasilakis
OBJECTIVES: Overcrowding in the emergency department (ED) is common in the UK as in other countries worldwide. Computer simulation is one approach used for understanding the causes of ED overcrowding and assessing the likely impact of changes to the delivery of emergency care. However, little is known about the usefulness of computer simulation for analysis of ED patient flow. We undertook a systematic review to investigate the different computer simulation methods and their contribution for analysis of patient flow within EDs in the UK...
May 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438104/impact-of-a-scribe-program-on-patient-throughput-physician-productivity-and-patient-satisfaction-in-a-community-based-emergency-department
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Waqas Shuaib, John Hilmi, Joshua Caballero, Ijaz Rashid, Hashim Stanazai, Kerolos Tawfeek, Ahmed Amari, Alan Ajanovic, Alex Moshtaghi, Anjit Khurana, Hesham Hasabo, Abdulrehman Baqais, Arthur J Szczerba, Theodore J Gaeta
Previous literature on the impact of scribe programs varies and has mostly been reported from academic institutions or other clinics. We report the implementation of the scribe program in the emergency room of a community hospital and its impact on patient throughput, physician productivity, and patient satisfaction. We performed a quasi-experimental, before-and-after study measuring patient throughput metrics, physician productivity, and patient satisfaction. The intervention measuring the scribe implementation was divided into pre- and post-implementation periods...
April 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435492/applying-systems-engineering-reduces-radiology-transport-cycle-times-in-the-emergency-department
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Benjamin A White, Brian J Yun, Michael H Lev, Ali S Raja
INTRODUCTION: Emergency department (ED) crowding is widespread, and can result in care delays, medical errors, increased costs, and decreased patient satisfaction. Simultaneously, while capacity constraints on EDs are worsening, contributing factors such as patient volume and inpatient bed capacity are often outside the influence of ED administrators. Therefore, systems engineering approaches that improve throughput and reduce waste may hold the most readily available gains. Decreasing radiology turnaround times improves ED patient throughput and decreases patient waiting time...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402686/the-creation-and-implementation-of-an-outpatient-pulmonary-embolism-treatment-protocol
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Christopher Kabrhel, Rachel Rosovsky, Christopher Baugh, Blair Alden Parry, Erin Deadmon, Charlotte Kreger, Nicholas Giordano
The ability to rapidly and accurately risk-stratify patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE), and the availability of direct acting oral anticoagulants have reduced the need for intravenous anticoagulation for patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Emergency physicians are generally reluctant to discharge patients with VTE without defined and reliable follow up in place, and VTE patients treated with anticoagulants can be at risk for complications related to recurrent VTE and bleeding...
April 21, 2017: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385420/less-is-more-efficacy-of-rapid-3d-t2-space-in-ed-patients-with-acute-atypical-low-back-pain
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Nicholas A Koontz, Richard H Wiggins, Megan K Mills, Michael S McLaughlin, Elaine C Pigman, Yoshimi Anzai, Lubdha M Shah
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Emergency department (ED) patients with acute low back pain (LBP) may present with ambiguous clinical findings that pose diagnostic challenges to exclude cauda equina syndrome (CES). As a proof of concept, we aimed to determine the efficacy of a rapid lumbar spine (LS) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening protocol consisting of a single 3D-T2 SPACE FS (3D-T2 Sampling Perfection with Application optimized Contrasts using different flip angle Evolution fat saturated) sequence relative to conventional LS MRI to exclude emergently treatable pathologies in this complex patient population...
August 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376563/the-effect-of-access-to-electronic-health-records-on-throughput-efficiency-and-imaging-utilization-in-the-emergency-department
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Matthew M Knepper, Edward M Castillo, Theodore C Chan, David A Guss
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the availability of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) reduces throughput time and utilization of advanced imaging for patients in an academic ED. DATA SOURCES: All patients arriving at an academic Emergency Department (ED) via ambulance between June 1, 2011, and June 4, 2012, were included in the study. This accounted for 9,970 unique ambulance patient visits. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective noninterventional analysis of patients in an academic ED...
April 4, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347675/equal-clinical-performance-of-a-novel-point-of-care-cardiac-troponin-i-ctni-assay-with-a-commonly-used-high-sensitivity-ctni-assay
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Per Venge, Lian van Lippen, Sabine Blaschke, Michael Christ, Felicitas Geier, Evangelos Giannitsis, Emil Hagström, Pierre Hausfater, Mehdi Khellaf, Johannes Mair, David Pariente, Volkher Scharnhorst, Veronique Semjonow
BACKGROUND: Efficient rule-out of acute myocardial infarction (MI) facilitates early disposition of chest pain patients in emergency departments (ED). Point-of-care (POC) cardiac troponin (cTn) may improve patient throughput. We compared the diagnostic accuracy of a novel cTnI test (Minicare cTnI, Philips), with current POC cTnI (I-Stat, Abbott) and high-sensitivity central laboratory cTnI (hs-cTnI; Architect, Abbott) assays. METHODS: The clinical performance of the assays were compared in samples from 450 patients from a previous clinical evaluation of Minicare cTnI...
March 25, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
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