Emergency Departments save 25,000 lives, $55 million. Here’s how.

From the AMA:

Emergency departments across the nation are delivering better care for patients with sepsis and chest pain, improving opioid prescribing and ordering fewer unnecessary imaging tests.

Under the initiative, the American College of Emergency Physicians created the Emergency Quality Network (E-QUAL) to:

  • Improve sepsis patients’ outcomes.
  • Improve the value of ED evaluation for low-risk chest pain by reducing avoidable testing and hospital admissions.
  • Reduce opioid-associated harm through safer prescribing and evidence-based interventions.
  • Reduce avoidable imaging in low-risk patients by implementing Choosing Wisely recommendations for advanced imaging for low-back pain, minor health injuries, pulmonary embolus, renal colic, and syncope.