VDH Sets Up Guidelines For Transferring ER Patients
The Virginia Department of Health has initiated some guidelines to help get patients out of the emergency room to their inpatient beds more quickly. Charles Fishburne reports.
Hospital emergency rooms are set up to save life and limb, and there is no predicting how many patients might arrive at any given time. The problem is, hospitals may have no room for them once they leave ER.
Remley: We call them "ER boarders."
State Health Commissioner Karen Remley.
Remley: They're in the emergency department, they may be in a hall bed in the emergency department, they may be in a bed in a room in the emergency department. We think it's better for them to be elsewhere in the hospital while they're still waiting for that traditional bed.
VDH, along with hospitals, ER physicians and other heath care professionals have put together some voluntary guidelines for Virginia’s 84 acute care hospitals.
Remley: We want you to think about how to do this safely, how to make sure that you fit within fire codes, delivery care to the patient and be able to make sure you have the right staffing, and to have a plan.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News