ED Management 2002 Index

Alcoholism

  • Journal Review: Health care utilization of chronic inebriates, AUG:94

Ambulance Supplies

  • Don’t stop restocking of ambulance supplies, JAN:10

Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs)

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome Billing Guidelines, MAY:Sup
  • CMS says you’ll get paid for observation, FEB:19
  • Finally, an APC code for observation: Now find out the rules for getting paid, MAY:49
  • Share this good news with your administrator, MAY:51
  • What to expect from new OPPS, OCT:117

Ancillary Staff

  • Health Unit Coordinator job description, NOV:Sup
  • Try these novel ways to use ancillary staff, NOV:126

Asthma

  • Guidelines for ED observation of asthma, MAY:Sup

Bioterrorism (Also See Decontamination and Disaster Planning)

  • American Hospital Association Chemical and Bioterrorism Preparedness Checklist, FEB:Sup
  • Anthrax aftermath: Adverse drug reactions, vaccine controversy undercut CDC extended treatment offer, MAR:Sup
  • APIC: Smallpox plan uses outdated infection control, JUN:Sup
  • Are you ready to carry out smallpox vaccine plans? DEC:137
  • Bioterror tips for running a tabletop, MAY:Sup
  • Bioterrorism forensics: The burden of proof, APR:Sup
  • Bioterrorism site uses screen saver to educate, SEP:102
  • Building a bridge over the abyss: Will bioterrorism help bring disjointed health system together? APR:Sup
  • Case study: ED acts quickly after anthrax:MAY:52
  • CDC gets plenty of advice for action, APR:Sup
  • CDC’s key recommendations, AUG:90
  • CDC moving quickly on smallpox front, JAN:Sup
  • Clinical Evaluation of People with Possible Inhalational Anthrax, JAN:Sup
  • Cutting-edge system spots outbreaks before you do, JAN:3
  • Dire straits: Plague released at concert, MAY:Sup
  • Distinguishing Smallpox from Chickenpox, JAN:Sup
  • Don’t miss smallpox/plague outbreaks: Adapt strategies to track bioterrorism, JAN:1
  • Ease of access to deadly chemicals may be the greatest threat to hospital readiness, FEB:Sup
  • ED managers are planning for smallpox vaccine, SEP:101
  • ED managers react to smallpox vaccine update, AUG:90
  • ED staff will be first to receive smallpox vaccine, NOV:124
  • Flu or anthrax? First inhalation cases yield clues for clinicians to make the critical call, JAN:Sup
  • Infectious Agents as Biological Weapons, JAN:Sup
  • Learn how bioterrorism bill will affect your ED, AUG:92
  • One year later: Emergency department response to biological terrorism/Part I:Anthrax and pneumonic plague, SEP:Sup
  • One year later: Emergency department response to biological terrorism/Part II: Smallpox, viral hemorrhagic fevers, tularemia, and botulinum toxins, NOV:Sup
  • Patient Information Sheet: Anthrax, JAN:Sup
  • Side effects undermine anthrax drug adherence, MAR:Sup
  • Signs and Symptoms of Chemical Exposures, FEB:Sup
  • Smallpox vaccine urged for at least 250,000, OCT:118
  • Stanford sets the standard for bioterrorism planning, JUN:Sup
  • System makes anthrax care more efficient, MAY:54
  • They don’t call it bioterror for nothing: Fear is the foe when anthrax spores are found within hospital walls, JUN:Sup
  • Traumatized health care providers may need stress counseling in horrific aftermath of bioterror attack, MAY:Sup
  • Was anthrax mailer a bioweapons researcher? APR:Sup
  • Winds of war: Researchers track airborne anthrax, MAY:Sup

Cardiac

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome Billing Guidelines, MAY:Sup
  • Guidelines for ED Observation of Chest Pain, MAY:Sup
  • Guidelines for ED Observation of Congestive Heart Failure, MAY:Sup

Child Abuse

  • Checklist for Suspected Child Abuse, MAR:Sup

Clinical Research

  • Clinical trials harmed by lack of informed consent, SEP:106

Delays

  • ED Dashboard, MAR:29
  • Goal: Patient upstairs in fewer than 60 minutes, MAR:27
  • Here is what balanced score card measures, OCT:116
  • Here’s what ED staff can see at a glance, MAR:28
  • Use score card to boost quality, OCT:114

Decontamination (Also see Bioterrorism, Disaster Planning, and Nuclear Preparedness)

  • Florida ED revamps its decontamination plan, OCT:112
  • Here are sample decontamination drills, OCT:113
  • Mass Decontamination Unit Procedures, OCT:Sup
  • Radiation Exposure/ Decontamination plan, SEP:Supplement
  • Triage, decontamination after chemical exposures, FEB:Sup

Disaster Planning (Also see Bioterrorism, Decontamination, and Nuclear Preparedness)

  • APIC: Smallpox plan uses outdated infection control, JUN:Sup
  • Be ready to answer these questions, FEB:16
  • Comply with new standard for disaster volunteers, NOV:128
  • Does EMTALA apply during a disaster? JAN:7
  • ED’s disaster plan uses incident command system, MAR:31
  • Incident command system for disaster management, MAR:33
  • Joint Commission zeroes in on disaster plans: Is yours up to par? FEB:13
  • New group targets disaster planning, JAN:15
  • Q&A: How has your ED changed since 9/11? SEP:100
  • Report gives injury statistics from 9/11, MAY:57

Diversion

  • ED diversion rates high throughout the calendar, FEB:20
  • Journal Review: Effect of an emergency department managed acute care unit on ED overcrowding and emergency medical services diversion, FEB:22
  • Reports say diversion on the rise: Use technology to overhaul patient flow, MAR:25

Documentation

  • Does your documentation satisfy irate colleagues? JUN:68
  • ED managers: Don’t stop using template charting! JUL:78
  • Emergency and Express Care Services Record, JUL:Sup
  • It’s time to give up costly template charts, JUL:79
  • Restraint/Seclusion Flowsheet, OCT:Sup
  • Trauma Triage Worksheet, SEP:Sup

Education

  • Audio conference tackles HIPAA concerns, NOV:121
  • Bioterrorism site uses screen saver to educate, SEP:102

Emergency Contraception

  • Do sex assault victims receive adequate care? If not, you risk fines, violations, JUN:61
  • Emergency Contraception: Important Information for Survivors of Sexual Assault, JUN:Sup
  • Journal Review: Emergency contraception provision: A survey of emergency department practitioners, MAY:58

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

  • Don’t stop restocking of ambulance supplies, JAN:10
  • Journal Review: Effect of an emergency department managed acute care unit on ED overcrowding and emergency medical services diversion, FEB:22

EMTALA

  • Does EMTALA apply during a disaster? JAN:7
  • EMTALA regs: You may be surprised at proposed changes to requirements, JUL:73
  • EMTALA Q&A: 250-yard rule, APR:45
  • EMTALA Q&A: Accepting physicians, AUG:93
  • EMTALA Q&A: Ambulance transport, DEC:142
  • EMTALA Q&A: Direct admit patients, MAR:34
  • EMTALA Q&A: Discharge to specialist’s office for suturing, JAN:8
  • EMTALA Q&A: Nonemergent patients, APR:45
  • EMTALA Q&A: Orthopedic consults, AUG:93
  • EMTALA Q&A: Orthopedic injuries, APR:45
  • EMTALA Q&A: Physician’s assistants, FEB:22
  • EMTALA Q&A: Routine blood pressure checks for the community, NOV:129
  • EMTALA Q&A: Satellite EDs and medical screening examinations, JAN:9
  • EMTALA Q&A: Sexual assault victims, FEB:21
  • EMTALA Q&A: Transport by helicopter, OCT:118
  • EMTALA Q&A: Transfers from extended care facilities, JUL:82
  • EMTALA Q&A: Transfers from rural hospitals, JUN:69
  • EMTALA Q&A: Transfers of ICU patients, JUN:69
  • EMTALA Q&A: Transfers for diagnostic tests, SEP:104
  • EMTALA Q&A: Transfers from rural hospitals, FEB:21
  • EMTALA Q&A: Vital signs, SEP:103
  • EMTALA Q&A: Warning: New regs expand your liability, JUL:76
  • EMTALA Q&A: Written orders from pediatrician’s offices, AUG:93
  • Here are new EMTALA definitions, JUL:75

Family-Centered Care

  • Journal Review: Assessment of family-centered care policies and practices for pediatric patients in nine U.S. emergency departments, MAR:34

HIPAA

  • Audio conference tackles HIPAA concerns, NOV:121
  • ED protocol for patient pagers, AUG:87
  • Ready for HIPAA? Take steps to protect patient privacy before it’s too late, AUG:85
  • Use this checklist and ensure patient’s privacy, AUG:86

Interviewing

  • 10 steps to follow for panel interviewing, APR:44
  • Ask staff to help choose the right nurse manager, APR:43

Joint Commission

  • Be ready to answer these questions, FEB:16
  • Comply with new standard for disaster volunteers, NOV:128
  • Here are the questions surveyors will ask, APR:39
  • Joint Commission zeroes in on disaster plans: Is yours up to par? FEB:13
  • New JCAHO staffing standards: You may be surprised at what you need to do, APR:37
  • New Joint Commission report warns: Sentinel events most likely in the ED, DEC:133
  • The new survey process will surprise you, DEC:136

Legislation (Also see HIPAA)

  • Are you worried about new staffing ratio laws? DEC:141
  • Comply with regs for needlestick prevention, MAY:54
  • Learn how bioterrorism bill will affect your ED, AUG:92

Liability Crisis

  • Growing ED liability crisis is spotlighted in survey, DEC:140

Medication errors

  • Cut medication errors in half with ED pharmacist, AUG:88
  • Emergency department pharmacist activities, AUG:Sup
  • Journal Review: Adverse drug events in emergency department patients, JUL:82

Myocardial infarction

  • Journal Review: Presenting complaint among patients with myocardial infarction who present to an urban, public hospital emergency department, DEC:143

Needlestick injuries

  • Comply with regs for needlestick prevention, MAY:54
  • Needlestick Prevention Device Assessment Form, MAY:Sup
  • Safety IV Catheter Evaluation Form, MAY:Sup

Nuclear preparedness

  • Dirty bomb’ threat puts spotlight on unprepared EDs: Do you have a plan? SEP:97
  • Radiation Exposure/ Decontamination Plan, SEP:Sup

Observation

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome Billing Guidelines, MAY:Sup
  • CMS says you’ll get paid for observation, FEB:19
  • Finally, an APC code for observation: Now find out the rules for getting paid, MAY:49
  • Guidelines for ED Observation of Asthma, MAY:Sup
  • Guidelines for ED Observation of Chest Pain, MAY:Sup
  • Guidelines for ED Observation of Congestive Heart Failure, MAY:Sup
  • Observation Unit Operational Guidelines, MAY:Sup
  • Share this good news with your administrator, MAY:51

On-call physicians

  • Here are new regs for on-call physicians, SEP:105

Overcrowding (Also see Diversion)

  • Report: ED visits are on the rise, JUL:80
  • You may be surprised at these statistics, JUL:81

Patient flow (Also see Diversion and Overcrowding)

  • Adjusted Outpatient Census Formula, NOV:Sup
  • Assessing trauma patients boosts efficiency, SEP:102
  • Goal: Patient upstairs in fewer than 60 minutes, MAR:27
  • Here is what balanced score card measures, OCT:116
  • Here’s what ED staff can see at a glance, MAR:28
  • How a common problem is solved with Toyota system, NOV:126
  • Journal Review: Satisfied patients exiting the emergency department (SPEED) study, JUN:70
  • Toyota’s tips drive dramatic ED improvements, NOV:125

Patient safety

  • Cut medication errors in half with ED pharmacist, AUG:88
  • Emergency Department Pharmacist Activities, AUG:Sup
  • Journal Review: Adverse drug events in emergency department patients, JUL:82

Patient satisfaction

  • Here is what balanced score card measures, OCT:116
  • Journal Review: Rapid process redesign in a university-based emergency department: Decreasing waiting time intervals and improving patient satisfaction, SEP:105
  • Journal Review: Satisfied patients exiting the emergency department (SPEED) study, JUN:70
  • Toyota’s tips drive dramatic ED improvements, NOV:125
  • Use score card to boost quality, OCT:114

Pediatrics

  • Improve care of kids with pediatric coordinator, MAR:28
  • Journal Review: Assessment of family-centered care policies and practices for pediatric patients in nine U.S. emergency departments, MAR:34
  • Pediatric liaison nurse job description, MAR:30

Point-of-care testing

  • Consider pros and cons of point-of-care testing, APR:41
  • Here’s how to make point-of-care testing a success, APR:40
  • Use coordinator to ensure quality of tests, APR:42

Psychiatric Patients

  • ED patient’s suicide is wake-up call: Are you putting psychiatric patients at risk? OCT:109
  • Restraint/Seclusion Flowsheet, OCT:Sup
  • Safe Initial Management of Psychiatric Patients, OCT:Sup
  • Use this checklist to revamp your policy, OCT:111

Reimbursement (Also see Ambulatory Payment Classifications [APCs] and Observation)

  • 2 ways to catch underpayments, DEC:139
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome Billing Guidelines, MAY:Sup
  • Are you losing $250,000 of revenue each year? DEC:139
  • Can you really collect copays? Experts say yes, JUN:65
  • Collect copays on the back end’ of the visit, JUL:76

Restraint and Seclusion

  • Restraint/Seclusion Flowsheet, OCT:Sup

Salaries

  • Are you meeting the needs of your staff? Here are cutting-edge strategies to use, NOV:Sup
  • Salary Survey, JUL:Sup

Sexual Assault (Also see Emergency Contraception)

  • Do sex assault victims receive adequate care? If not, you risk fines, violations, JUN:61
  • Journal Review: Measuring the quality of medical care for women who experience sexual assault with data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, AUG:94
  • SANE programs have benefits you can’t ignore, JUN:64

Staffing

  • 10 steps to follow for panel interviewing, APR:44
  • Adjusted Outpatient Census Formula, NOV:Supplement
  • Are you meeting the needs of your staff? Here are cutting-edge strategies to use, NOV:Sup
  • Are you worried about new staffing ratio laws? DEC:141
  • Ask staff to help choose the right nurse manager, APR:43
  • Assessing trauma patients boosts efficiency, SEP:102
  • Don’t rely on ratios alone, warn staffing experts: Here are cutting-edge strategies to use, NOV:121
  • Here are staffing needs for trauma patients, SEP:Supplement
  • Here are the questions surveyors will ask, APR:39
  • New JCAHO staffing standards: You may be surprised at what you need to do, APR:37
  • Trauma Triage Worksheet, SEP:Sup
  • Try these novel ways to use ancillary staff, NOV:126

Technology (Also see Point-of-Care Testing and Ultrasound)

  • ED protocol for patient pagers, AUG:87
  • Here is what balanced score card measures, OCT:116
  • Here’s what ED staff can see at a glance, MAR:28
  • Nine ways to use handheld computers, FEB:17
  • Reports say diversion on the rise: Use technology to overhaul patient flow, MAR:25
  • Use score card to boost quality, OCT:114

Trauma Patients

  • Adult Pelvic Fractures, JUL:Sup
  • Air medical transport: When taking flight with trauma patients makes sense, MAR:Sup
  • Assessing trauma patients boosts efficiency, SEP:102
  • Here are Staffing Needs for Trauma Patients, SEP:Sup
  • Initial Phase of Trauma Management and Fluid Resuscitation, MAY:Sup
  • Journal Review: Characteristics of the trauma recidivist: An exploratory descriptive study, JAN:9
  • One year later: Emergency department response to biological terrorism/Part I: Anthrax and pneumonic plague, SEP:Sup
  • One year later: Emergency department response to biological terrorism/Part II: Smallpox, viral hemorrhagic fevers, tularemia, and botulinum toxins, NOV: Sup
  • Trauma in Older Patients, JAN:Sup
  • Trauma Triage Worksheet, SEP:Sup

Ultrasound

  • Act now to improve your ultrasound program, JUN:66
  • Does your documentation satisfy irate colleagues? JUN:68
  • Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Course Curriculum, JAN:Sup
  • Gallbladder Ultrasonography, JAN:Sup
  • Here’s what new ED ultrasound guidelines say, JAN:5
  • Journal review: Bedside echocardiography by emergency physicians, MAY:58
  • Letter to Radiology Department, JAN:Sup
  • OB/GYN Ultrasonography, JAN:Sup
  • Scope of Practice, JAN:Sup
  • Suggested Optimal Guidelines for Implementation of an Introductory Emergency Ultrasound Course for Emergency Physicians (Excerpt), JAN:6
  • Ultrasound Examination List Template: JUN:Sup

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