4 Keys to a Better Emergency Department

Moving toward emergency department improvements is a bumpy journey strewn with a dizzying array of models designed to improve throughput. Health systems are finding direct gains not by singular changes, but through collective actions, hospital leaders say.

1 comments on "4 Keys to a Better Emergency Department"
Matthew Shafiroff, MD (6/8/2012 at 12:51 PM)

All great ideas. Tremendous focus on the front end problems in the ED. Diverting patients to other resources will be a necessary strategy if the individual mandate clause of the PPACA is upheld. A great follow up article would examine the process (work-up) and back end problems in emergency departments. For example, Many EDs are being superb at managing front end problems only to be failed on the back end where admitted patients languish in the EDs for hours after being admitted. This effectively decreases the number of 'active' beds in the ED, contributing considerably to longer wait times in the late afternoon and evening.


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