Challenging Physicians to Help Improve the ED
Amid those glum prognostications, many health systems are moving forward to make the ED better. Indeed, an overwhelming share of hospital leaders— 95%—say they have current or ongoing efforts to improve throughput in the ED.
And this is where physicians can step up their involvement to make the ED better, even if they work nowhere near it, because it is the gateway to the hospital.
A collaborative effort to improve the ED involving physicians and administration is occurring at Providence Hospital in Washington D.C., where hospital leaders have laid out dozens of plans with hopes of invigorating the inner city hospital’s ED. Some proposed improvements are similar to those enacted by other health systems, as reflected by those who answered the survey.
Among the most effective techniques cited for increasing ED efficiency:
- Fast-track area for less severe illnesses or injuries—65%
- A triage medical evaluation process—56%
- Coordination with inpatient floor nurses—55%
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