Patients at (Swedish) EDs regarded as ‘symptoms’

From MedicalXpress:

The healthcare work of providing care at Emergency departments is medicalized and result-driven. As a consequence of this, patients are regarded as “symptoms”, and are shunted around the department as “production units”. These are the conclusions of a thesis presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

What is central for Swedish Emergency departments are short waiting times, efficient care processes and a balanced budget. The healthcare work is dominated by a medical perspective. This gives limited opportunities to satisfy the individual care needs of the patients.

Online clock deters hospital ER visits for patients with minor issues

From the Record:

One in five visits to Canadian emergency departments is for minor medical conditions that could be treated in a doctor’s office or clinic, according to a new report.

While many emergency units are busy treating colds, sore throats, earaches and other complaints that could be handled elsewhere, St. Mary’s General Hospital has seen a drop in the number of visits by healthier patients thanks to its innovative online clock showing emergency room wait times.

“What we found was there were some patients who just decided not to come,” said hospital president Don Shilton.

CHI vs. the Blues in Nebraska Update: “CHI official: Emergency care is in-network”

From the Telegraph:

While negotiations between CHI and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska remain at an impasse, people with emergency medical needs are still covered at CHI Health St. Francis, the hospital’s president said on Tuesday.

“One of the things that we think there is confusion out there [about] is emergency room care,” Dan McElligott told the Grand Island Rotary Club. “By law, patients are considered in-network for a true emergency at the hospital. We want people to know that they can come to the emergency room and, if they think that it is a true emergency, get the care they need because their life matters.”

Automated CPR machines help South Dakota hospitals

From the Times:

The newest addition to the Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital emergency room is always at the ready. And its hospital colleagues know it will correctly do its job every time.

The Wessington Springs hospital recently received its Lucas 2 chest compression device, which is a machine that senses the size of a patient and delivers standard CPR compressions to help resuscitate a patient who has suffered cardiac arrest and showing no pulse or is unconscious.

JoAnn Hettinger, director of nursing services at Avera Weskota, said this machine “doesn’t get tired.”