Properly categorize the problem EMTALA the poor the safety net The unnecessary visit – who else complains? Subtext – the poor SHOOT THE MESSENGER Whats the SCIENCE?? Temporary problems … or ….. Too many inpatients in the ED !!!!
Strategies for the fix and the blame Ambulance diversion Transfer Triage out EMTALA, the poor, the safety net The unnecessary visit Temporary problems Data data data Send our business away Strategy of victimization, race, and tragic heroes Strategy of ignoring the problem Strategy of beating the problem to death
Rules of the road It should help ALL of the patients, not the ED Operating principle: ED is necessary ED CANNOT bear brunt of the deficiencies of the entire health care industry Inpatients dont belong in the ED ED provides LOUSY care of inpatients –The insecurity-driven scam The problem and the solution should be moved out of the ED
Implementing the rules of the road Fix the problems you can No excuses from problems you cant The ED is currently PREVENTING the solution to the problem Discharge planning Bed availability Safety Happy Leadership COUNTS
An ED designed with monitors by each bed because of the unpredictable needs of incoming patients does not mean it is automatically an ICU or telemetry inpatient unit. The willingness of emergency physicians to cope with just about anything is not a virtue if this situation is the result. Mark Henry
What your ED does for you AD Little community survey 5 vs. 40 Keep the hospital full Financial 1 more Trauma center With bad service, who leaves?
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WHY cant we make it happen? Against the rules –DOH wont allow –OB OB OB ED ED ED Thats the way things are done Generational indoctrination Reinforcement via the fire extinguisher Keep the chaos IN the ED
Defining the real problem Too Many Admitted Patients
DOH April 2002 continuing issue of hospital overcrowding Emergency Departments must remain open Maintaining admitted patients within the ED is not acceptable the use of beds in solariums and hallways near nursing stations should be considered Regardless of location within the facility, staffing, services, privacy, infection control and confidentiality protections must be consistently in place www.viccellio.com/overcrowding.htm
What about ambulance diversion? Simply Diverts to other overcrowded EDs Not good business Cant divert walk-ins
Solutions: Move patients upstairs Cant do that???
Hospital overcrowding Implementation of full capacity protocol First three months www.viccellio.com/overcrowding.htm
Inpatient Units are: less crowded, less noisy, less chaotic Inpatient Units provide appropriate clinical expertise (MDs, RNs) Staging in an inpatient hallway will result in closer, therefore faster access to a room Yes, Because……..
The Golden Rule of Health Care If it were your Mother …….
Operating assumptions The ED MUST remain open Critically ill patients MUST be cared for We act in the best interest of the PATIENTS, not the ED
Process Interdisciplinary Group Develop clear guidelines Communicate, communicate, communicate
Development of Policy : Key Points Identify applicable units Identify individual roles & responsibilities Limit in-house hallway bed placement Prioritize real bed admissions : hallway, ICU downgrade List criteria for hallway placement
Keys to Success: One Song, One Voice* *Drum Line
Keys to Success: Identify a neutral party to make decisions And communicate process
Keys to Success: Dont make this into a Big thing
Full capacity Protocol: How it Works Step 1 : ED attending in collaboration with ED charge nurse identify need for protocol to bed coordinator Step 2: Bed coordinator gains approval from Medical Director or designee Step 3: Bed coordinator notifies Clinical Associate Directors and the Inpatient Units that Full Capacity Protocol is being implemented Step 4: Units assigned hallway patients. No unit will receive mote than 2 hallway patients.
Priority of Hallway placement 1. Non-telemetry patients with little or no co- morbidity 2. Non-telemetry patients with minimal or moderate co-morbidity 3. Telemetry patients as follows: Little or no co-morbidity Low index of suspicion for cardiac event ED attending approval Telemetry box availability and central monitoring slot
Exclusions to Hallway Placement Patients requiring step-down or ICU Rule-in MI or at high risk for cardiac event Ventilator dependent patients Patients requiring negative pressure or Isolation rooms Patients requiring greater than 4 liters of O2 via nasal cannula
The Impact of Calling Full Capacity Protocol? Expedited mobilization of resources to discharge patients Nursing influence results in physician practice change Improved communication between departments Those areas not subject to FCP continue the same inability to improve
Lessons Learned Identify space and equipment issues prior to implementation Sometimes Just say No Floor overwhelmed Include patients in recognition efforts
What are the results? Press-Ganey Governors Workforce Award LOS studies Its just too simple and obvious. You cant expect us to believe this. Something must be wrong here. Dan Sisto, NYHA
Results: Staff Satisfaction ED Staff verbalize improved satisfaction in their work environment Inpatient staff have not expressed impact on overall satisfaction related to hallway protocol Would you WANT them to like it??
Results: Disposition Average patients > 1 hr= 10.3 hrs Average all patients = <5 hrs (16% of patients did not meet hallway criteria) Immediate RoomRoom < 1 hrRoom > 1hr 28%25%46%
Patient in Hallway Late Rounding by MDs Disjointed Discharge Practices Lack of Discharge Planning Inefficient Room Turnaround Time Lack of Med/Surg Beds, Specialty Beds Overuse of Isolation ICU Staffing Poor Communication with bed control No one has complete picture Patient in Appropriate Room The Problem/The Goal
Staffing ratios and patient safety ED Needs 15 (California: 19) –12 for direct patient care Has 10 (8 for direct patient care) Added admitted load, needs 3.5 Total RN need 18.5; available 10 (8) Floors Needs 6 for 30 Has 6 for 30 Redistribution (max 2 per unit) [8 patients to floor] ED total RN needed 17; available 10 Floor total RN needed 6.04 - 6.33; available 6 Question: which is safer??? Direct patient care: 8 of 15.5 RNs SPACE
Side-by-side: 1.70 RN vs. 1.05 RN Patient safety? ED nurse Floor Nurse ED hold Hallway patient 10 (18.5) 10 (17)6 (6.04 – 6.33) 6 (6) ED Floor FCP No space Space
Key points The ED is essential Admitted patients are a hospital problem Acknowledge the obvious The ED is not a replacement part for everything The ED is NOT an effective back-up unit Place the problem in the lap of the person who must fix it Stop ambulance diversion Clarify with your DOH OB OB OB
What if…? Something bad happens to a patient? Unique to hallway? Compare to ED? A patient complains? Something doesnt go perfectly?
Why? Safe Patient Staff Patient not yet seen Easy Costs LOS Diversion Improve processes
Why not? Cant vs. wont COMB Perfect and good are enemies Leadership belongs in the ED
Summary Identify THE problem and stick with it Stop perpetuating the myth of the EVERYman Place the problem in the lap of the person who must fix it Stop ambulance diversion
Who does it? Stony Brook Duke Wm. Beaumont EMTALA Yale St. Barnabus system Inside the Joint Commission JCAHO white paper and Best Practices