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ED Management – December 1, 2018

December 1, 2018

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  • Another Powerful Hurricane Season Underscores Importance of Strategic Planning

    While emergency providers in the region proved up to the task, some hospitals report that it was fortuitous that forecasters originally anticipated that Hurricane Florence would make landfall with much stronger winds. This caused many to make additional preparations, which paid big dividends.

  • Hospital Uses Hurricane Florence Near-miss to Improve Emergency Plans

    Before the storm made landfall, leaders at East Cooper Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, SC, reduced the facility’s patient census to a minimum, arranged to house staff for the duration of the storm emergency, and appealed to the state for an exemption to the mandatory evacuation order. The facility avoided the worst of the storm but staff still practiced emergency preparedness anyway, learning lessons to better prepare for future incidents.

  • Standardizing Diagnosis, Management of Young Patients Who Present With Head Injuries

    New guidelines from the CDC have established practice-changing recommendations in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). This information is especially important to frontline providers, as statistics suggest an increasing number of children are presenting to the ED with concussions. The guidelines include 19 sets of recommendations pertaining to the diagnosis, prognosis, and management of pediatric mild TBI. The guidelines identify best practices based on current evidence and are intended to help standardize and improve the way these cases are managed, both while patients are in the doctor’s office or ED and after they have been discharged.

  • Collaborative Slashes Sepsis Mortality, Produces Tool to Help All Hospitals

    For the past six years, The Joint Commission’s Center for Transforming Healthcare (CTH) has been working with health system partners to identify the root causes for sepsis mortality as well as solutions that will address these problems effectively. In the process, participating organizations have reduced their own sepsis mortality rates by a collective 25%, although some organizations have made even greater strides. The work with CTH will culminate in a Targeted Solutions Tool that will enable all accredited hospitals to take on the issue in their own settings.

  • Health Systems Tackle Opioid Epidemic With Comprehensive Initiatives

    It has been nearly a year since The Joint Commission unveiled new pain management standards as part of an effort to combat the opioid epidemic. While all accredited hospitals are held accountable for their implementation and adherence to the standards, some health systems have responded by centralizing their opioid-related initiatives under a single, purposeful umbrella to produce more powerful results.