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FLOW Hacks 8 – In & out of the ED for the ‘Treat & Release’ patient.

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To continue our FLOW Hacks series, Victoria Woolner (NP, MN, MSc QIPS) writes about her team’s project tackling the ‘Treat and Release‘ patient. Setting This intervention was carried out at Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospital (UHN) in Toronto, Ontario. Between the two sites, there are approximately 117, 000 visits per year. Description of the innovation Treat & release (T&R) patients are patients that have been seen in the ED and asked to return …

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FLOW Hacks 7 – Doc in the Box: Improving Physician Initial Assessment Time in the Emergency Department

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To continue our FLOW Hacks series, Dr. Joanna Bostwick writes about her team’s innovation aimed at improving physician initial assessment time in the ED. Setting This intervention was carried out at Hôpital Montfort, Ottawa, Ontario, an academic francophone community hospital with 56, 000 ED visits per year. Description of the innovation Our ED has applied an adapted version of Physician in Triage (PIT) termed “Doc in the Box” with the goal of decreasing physician …

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FLOW Hacks 6 – Improving Usage of Probenecid for Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

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To continue our FLOW Hacks series, Dr. Shawn Dowling writes about his team’s innovation aimed at reducing the number of Emergency Department (ED) revisits for repeated IV antibiotic administration. Setting This intervention was carried out in all of the EDs in Calgary, Alberta. Across all four sites, there is an average of 320, 000 patient visits annually. Description of the innovation In order to reduce the number of revisits to the ED for …

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FLOW Hacks 5 – Bed Utilization in the ER

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To continue our  FLOW Hacks series, Dr. Lucas Chartier and nurse Barb McGovern write about their team’s innovation called BED-UP: Bed in the Emergency Department Utilization Project. FLOW Hacks: The Concept The FLOW (Featured Leadership & Organizational Workplace) Hacks Series highlights innovative strategies for increasing patient flow in the emergency department (ED).  This series is unique given its focus on the administrative aspect of emergency medicine. We are interested in small or large interventions that …

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FLOW Hacks 4 – Emergency Department Paramedics

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To continue our  FLOW Hacks series, lead innovators Dr. Samuel Campbell and Patrick Froese write about their team’s innovation, Using Advanced Care Paramedics as physician extenders in the management of lower acuity patients. Read on to learn how your institution could use emergency department paramedics. FLOW Hacks: The Concept The FLOW (Featured Leadership & Organizational Workplace) Hacks Series highlights innovative strategies for increasing patient flow in the emergency department (ED).  This series is unique given its focus …

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FLOW Hacks 3 – Rapid Medical Evaluation Unit

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To continue our  FLOW Hacks series, Dr. Lucas Chartier and Dr. Timothy Josephson write about their team’s innovation called the Rapid Medical Evaluation Unit. FLOW Hacks: The Concept The FLOW (Featured Leadership & Organizational Workplace) Hacks Series highlights innovative strategies for increasing patient flow in the emergency department (ED).  This series is unique given its focus on the administrative aspect of emergency medicine. We are interested in small or large interventions that increase patient flow from an …