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LE F T : A hallway

in Texas Health
Presbyterian's
freestanding ED in
Rockwall, Texas, is
lined with alcoves to
provide staff quick
access to supply
carts-keeping
supplies within reach
without intruding
on walkways.
B E LO W: Color-coded
carts at the Texas
Health Presbyterian
freestanding ED
help staff easily
differentiate between
them and customize
rooms for different
procedures and uses.

T

HE FEELING S associated with overcrowding, being
shuffled from one area to another, and the uncertainty
of what's next are common pain points for patients visiting emergency departments (EDs). However, it's long
wait times that are the primary patient complaint, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians, significantly impacting patient satisfaction and
outcomes.
As emergency patient volumes continue to increase and existing facilities operate at or near capacity, eliminating the frustrations associated
with ED visits isn't getting any easier. New operational models have been
introduced but only incrementally moved the needle, so now healthcare
organizations are looking to designers for practical solutions to these frustrations, with three primary areas of focus.

The chief culprit behind long wait times is the time spent triaging and diagnosing patients. Typically, a clinically trained triage nurse assesses a
patient's condition using the emergency severity index (ESI) triage scale
to determine how quickly he or she must be treated. Advances in technology such as data-driven decision tools combined with a nurse's clinical expertise, standardized protocols, and artificial
intelligence improve the accuracy of this proDATA WILL EMPOWER
cess, but also save time by more accurately deSTAFF TO IDENTIFY,
termining patients within the ESI scale.
As data empowers staff to identify, evaluate,
EVALUATE, AND
and diagnose patients more quickly, the future
DIAGNOSE PATIENTS
ED will need to incorporate spaces that allow
MORE QUICKLY.
staff to manage patient volumes more efficiently. For example, small rooms with chairs
rather than large rooms with stretchers can be used to fast-track patients
with less severe issues-freeing up treatment rooms and beds for more
acute cases.

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Rooms for lower-acuity patients not only help
achieve a quicker throughput, but help EDs
utilize spaces for the more complex cases they
were intended to treat. In-room monitors and
cameras in the exam rooms should be considered to accommodate telemedicine consultations for mental health and other specialties,
which can reduce the time patients must wait
for consults and improve follow-up care.
With the advent of wearable and injectable
technology, the design of future EDs should
also consider a larger number of triage spaces
or the addition of kiosk interfaces to download
or view data, from heart rates to blood glucose

CORGAN

TECHNOLOGY


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