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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...
April 3, 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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334556/impact-of-a-hospitalwide-quality-improvement-initiative-on-emergency-department-throughput-and-crowding-measures
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James D Melton, Fred Blind, A Brad Hall, Maureen Leckie, April Novotny
BACKGROUND: This pre- and postintervention analysis evaluates the impact of a systemwide, comprehensive, executively supported quality improvement (QI) project on emergency department (ED) throughput measures and crowding in a large nonacademic community hospital. METHODS: The two primary endpoints used to assess the impact of the project were (1) the percentage of all patients who were door-in to door-out in less than three hours and (2) the percentage of patients who left without being seen (LWBS)...
December 2016: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325207/using-a-systematic-framework-of-interventions-to-improve-early-discharges
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Hemali Patel, Sasha Morduchowicz, Michelle Mourad
BACKGROUND: Late-afternoon hospital discharges can lead to admission bottlenecks and negatively affect the flow of patients needing hospital admission. Delays in discharge are a prevalent health care problem and have been linked to increased length of stay, lower patient satisfaction scores, and adverse outcomes. As a result, hospitals are placing a renewed emphasis on early discharge as a way to reduce admission delays and achieve optimal patient flow. This study shows that the Model for Improvement (MFI) is an effective approach for complex improvement efforts...
April 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279543/emergency-department-holding-orders
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Stephen J Traub, M'Hamed Temkit, Soroush Saghafian
BACKGROUND: Holding orders help transition admitted emergency department (ED) patients to hospital beds. OBJECTIVE: To describe the effect of ED holding orders. METHODS: We conducted a single-site retrospective study of ward admissions from the ED to the hospital internal medicine (HIM) service over 2 years. Patients were classified based on whether the ED did (group 1) or did not (group 2) write holding orders; group 1 was subdivided into patients sent to the floor with only ED holding orders (group 1A) vs...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276106/provocative-ideas-on-human-placental-biology-a-prerequisite-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-neonatal-health-challenges
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Shilpi Sehgal, Shinjini Bhatnagar, S K Pallavi
A 2-day invite-only meeting on generating "Provocative Ideas on human placental research" was organized on 1-2 December 2015 at the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad. This meeting was sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. The objectives of this meeting were the critical evaluation of placental physiology and its development. Special emphasis was placed on understanding the consequences and implications of placental development in sustenance of pregnancy and in pregnancy-associated complications such as preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, and preterm birth...
March 9, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125429/which-indicators-to-include-in-a-crowding-scale-in-an-emergency-department-a-national-french-delphi-study
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Guilhem Noel, Camille Drigues, Gilles Viudes
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) crowding is a serious international public health issue with a negative impact on quality of care. Despite two decades of research, there is no consensus on the indicators used to quantify crowding. The aim of our study was to select the most valid ED crowding indicators. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Delphi method was used. Selected indicators originated from a literature review and propositions from FEDORU (National Emergency Department Observatory Network) workgroup...
January 25, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107348/predicting-length-of-stay-among-patients-discharged-from-the-emergency-department-using-an-accelerated-failure-time-model
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Chung-Hsien Chaou, Hsiu-Hsi Chen, Shu-Hui Chang, Petrus Tang, Shin-Liang Pan, Amy Ming-Fang Yen, Te-Fa Chiu
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) crowding continues to be an important health care issue in modern countries. Among the many crucial quality indicators for monitoring the throughput process, a patient's length of stay (LOS) is considered the most important one since it is both the cause and the result of ED crowding. The aim of this study is to identify and quantify the influence of different patient-related or diagnostic activities-related factors on the ED LOS of discharged patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942343/effects-of-a-general-practitioner-cooperative-co-located-with-an-emergency-department-on-patient-throughput
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Michiel J van Veelen, Crispijn L van den Brand, Resi Reijnen, M Christien van der Linden
BACKGROUND: In 2013 a General Practitioner Cooperative (GPC) was introduced at the Emergency Department (ED) of our hospital. One of the aims of this co-located GPC was to improve throughput of the remaining patients at the ED. To determine the change in patient flow, we assessed the number of self-referrals, redirection of self-referrals to the GPC and back to the ED, as well as ward and ICU admission rates and length of stay of the remaining ED population. METHODS: We conducted a four months' pre-post comparison before and after the implementation of a co-located GPC with an urban ED in the Netherlands...
2016: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856140/impact-of-scribes-on-emergency-department-patient-throughput-one-year-after-implementation
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Heather A Heaton, David M Nestler, Christine M Lohse, Annie T Sadosty
OBJECTIVES: Assess the impact of scribes on an academic emergency department's (ED) throughput one year after implementation. METHODS: A prospective cohort design compared throughput metrics of patients managed when scribes were and were not a part of the treatment team during pre-defined study hours in a tertiary academic ED with both an adult and pediatric ED. An alternating-day pattern one year following scribe implementation ensured balance between the scribe and non-scribe groups in time of day, day of week, and patient complexity...
February 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818014/utilizing-six-sigma-lean-strategies-to-expedite-emergency-department-ct-scan-throughput-in-a-tertiary-care-facility
#15
Devon Klein, Vandana Khan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791449/lean-intervention-improves-patient-discharge-times-improves-emergency-department-throughput-and-reduces-congestion
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Michael J Beck, Davin Okerblom, Anika Kumar, Subhankar Bandyopadhyay, Lisabeth V Scalzi
OBJECTIVE: To determine if a lean intervention improved emergency department (ED) throughput and reduced ED boarding by improving patient discharge efficiency from a tertiary care children's hospital. METHODS: The study was conducted at a tertiary care children's hospital to study the impact lean that changes made to an inpatient pediatric service line had on ED efficiency. Discharge times from the general pediatrics' service were compared to patients discharged from all other pediatric subspecialty services...
December 2016: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27663766/ed-triage-pain-protocol-reduces-time-to-receiving-analgesics-in-patients-with-painful-conditions
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Aaron Nathan Barksdale, Jeff Lee Hackman, Karen Williams, Matt Christopher Gratton
BACKGROUND: Studies suggest that collaborative nursing protocols initiated in triage improve emergency department (ED) throughput and decrease time to treatment. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to determine if an ED triage pain protocol improves time to provision of analgesics. METHODS: Retrospective data abstracted via electronic medical record of patients at a safety net facility with 67 000 annual adult visits. Patients older than 18 years who presented to the ED between March 1, 2011, and May 31, 2013, with 1 of 6 conditions were included: back pain, dental pain, extremity trauma, sore throat, ear pain, or pain from an abscess...
December 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27658897/systematic-identification-and-management-of-barriers-to-vascular-surgery-patient-discharge-time-of-day
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Gaurav Sharma, Danny Wong, Dean J Arnaoutakis, Samir K Shah, Alice O'Brien, Stanley W Ashley, C Keith Ozaki
OBJECTIVE: Length of stay fails to completely capture the clinical and economic effects of patient progression through the phases of inpatient care, such as admission, room placement, procedures, and discharge. Delayed hospital throughput has been linked to increased time spent in the emergency department and postanesthesia care unit, delayed time to treatment, increased in-hospital mortality, decreased patient satisfaction, and lost hospital revenue. We identified barriers to vascular surgery inpatient care progression and instituted defined measures to positively impact standardized metrics...
January 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27658706/primary-triage-nurses-do-not-divert-patients-away-from-the-emergency-department-at-times-of-high-in-hospital-bed-occupancy-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Mathias C Blom, Karin Erwander, Lars Gustafsson, Mona Landin-Olsson, Fredrik Jonsson, Kjell Ivarsson
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) overcrowding is frequently described in terms of input- throughput and output. In order to reduce ED input, a concept called primary triage has been introduced in several Swedish EDs. In short, primary triage means that a nurse separately evaluates patients who present in the Emergency Department (ED) and either refers them to primary care or discharges them home, if their complaints are perceived as being of low acuity. The aim of the present study is to elucidate whether high levels of in-hospital bed occupancy are associated with decreased permeability in primary triage...
September 22, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27605653/emergency-department-length-of-stay-for-psychiatric-visits-was-significantly-longer-than-for-nonpsychiatric-visits-2002-11
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Jane M Zhu, Astha Singhal, Renee Y Hsia
Despite increases in the use of emergency department (EDs) for mental health care, there are limited data on whether psychiatric patients disproportionately contribute to ED crowding. We conducted a retrospective analysis using a national database of ED visits in the period 2002-11 to describe trends in median and ninetieth-percentile length-of-stay for patients with psychiatric versus nonpsychiatric primary diagnoses. Psychiatric patients who visited the ED were transferred to another facility at six times the rate of nonpsychiatric patients...
September 1, 2016: Health Affairs
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