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A Data Flow Sheet for Managing Unstable Patients in the Emergency Department

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Duration of Initiative: 10 years

Setting: The Emergency Care Data Flow Sheet was developed by the author in 1995 at Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown, North Carolina. The data flow sheet was used on all emergency department (ED) patients seen at a community hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina, for two years (2003–2005), where total annual ED visits are approximately 15,000. Its use was terminated when another information-handling approach was introduced in an effort to augment physician documentation and the hospital's remuneration. The author continues to use the data flow sheet for his ED patients.

Whom This Should Concern: Emergency physicians and nurses, chief executive officers, hospital trustees, and performance improvement and patient safety professionals.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-04-01

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