Bad Communications Technology Is Causing Errors in Emergency Rooms

From TechSpective:

New research into the communications challenges that emergency room employees face every day in our nation’s hospitals and medical facilities reveals patient care suffers when manual processes are used.

A new report “Care Communication Gaps in U.S. Hospital Emergency Departments” from Everbridge, Inc. polled 158 emergency department employees about the communication challenges that arise when coordinating patient care from one doctor/nurse/practitioner to another – and what technologies are most effective at accurately sharing patient care instructions.

A majority of emergency room employees reported that more than 10 percent of patient care hand offs contain communication errors – errors that could endanger patient care outcomes; 22 percent reported that more than one in five hand offs involve errors. Hand offs occur more often in emergency rooms because the care teams needed to treat patients are larger than for the rest of the hospital. For example, in order to manage a stroke patient, an average care team might involve 12-15 doctors, nurses and staff members spread out inside and potentially outside the hospital. With 59 percent of emergency departments reporting more hand offs to other care team members than for treatments originating elsewhere in the hospital, it is easy to see how these errors could happen

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