Timeliness of Care for Injured Patients Initially Seen at Freestanding Emergency Departments: A Pilot Quality Improvement Project.

Title

Timeliness of Care for Injured Patients Initially Seen at Freestanding Emergency Departments: A Pilot Quality Improvement Project.

Creator

Birmingham Lauren E; Richner Gwendolyn; Moran Mary; Hatridge Kindra M; George Richard L

Publisher

Quality management in health care

Date

2020
2020-06

Description

BACKGROUND: The impact of freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) on timeliness of care for trauma patients is not well understood. This quality improvement project had 2 objectives: (1) to determine whether significant delays in definitive care existed among trauma patients initially seen at FSEDs compared with those initially seen at other outlying sites prior to transfer to a level I trauma center; and (2) to determine the feasibility of identifying differences in time-to-definitive care and emergency department length of stay (ED LOS) based on initial treatment location. METHODS: Trauma registry data from January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017, from a verified level I trauma center were analyzed by location of initial presentation. Appropriate statistical tests are used to make comparisons across transport groups. RESULTS: Patients initially seen at non-FSEDs experienced ED LOS that were, on average, 24.5 minutes greater than patients seen initially at FSEDs, although the difference was not statistically significant (P = .3112). Several challenges were identified in the feasibility analysis that will inform the design for a larger study including large quantities of missing time stamp data and potential selection bias. Prospective solutions were identified. CONCLUSION: This project found that there were not significant differences in ED LOS for injured patients presenting initially to FSEDs or other non-FSED facilities, suggesting that timeliness of care was similar across location types.

Subject

centers; delay; freestanding emergency department; golden hour; impact; injured patients; interfacility transfer; level I trauma center; mortality; Trauma; trauma patients; urgent care

Rights

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Format

journalArticle

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Pages

95-99

Issue

2

Volume

29

ISSN

1550-5154 1063-8628

NEOMED College

NEOMED College of Medicine

NEOMED Department

Department of General Surgery

Update Year & Number

June 2020 Update II

Affiliated Hospital

Summa Health Akron

Citation

Birmingham Lauren E; Richner Gwendolyn; Moran Mary; Hatridge Kindra M; George Richard L, “Timeliness of Care for Injured Patients Initially Seen at Freestanding Emergency Departments: A Pilot Quality Improvement Project.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed June 15, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11106.

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