Providers Call for Standardized ED Metrics
The ENA statement includes six agreed-upon definitions for:
- What an emergency department is;
- ED arrival time;
- ED offload time;
- ED transfer of care from pre-hospital providers' time;
- ED triage time; and
- ED treatment space time.
Robi Hellman, clinical practice manager, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, said common metrics are needed because the sickest patients enter the nation's healthcare system through the ED. "Universally defined time stamps and intervals will ensure accurate patient hand-offs and consistency in health records," Hellman said.
The other organizations that signed onto the final statement are: the American Academy of Emergency Medicine; American Academy of Pediatrics; American College of Emergency Physicians; American Nurses Association; Association of periOperative Registered Nurses; Emergency Department Practice Management Association; and National Association of EMS Physicians.
The defined terms may be viewed here.
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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