Racing Hearts: ED Process and Design Changes Can Continue to Reduce the Time It Takes to Move STEMI Patients From Door-to-Balloon

In this article, Kathy Clarke, RN, BSN, CEN and Kristyna Culp, MBA discuss a range of operational and facility design recommendations to improve the overall quality of care for emergency department patients, with particular benefit to cardiac patients for whom treatment time is critical. Specific opportunities include:

  • Effective management of walk-in patients
  • Sub-waiting for patients and families
  • Efficient facility planning
  • Bedside services
  • Protocol rooms and quality of care
  • Prompt data feedback
  • Monitoring non-STEMI patients
  • Senior management commitment
  • Team based approach

The full text of the article is available through Cath Lab Digest.