Overcoming common challenges in the ed

using with-patient testing solutions

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INCREASING CHALLENGES
IN EMERGENCY CARE

The demand for high-quality, efficient healthcare is escalating. Aging populations, higher prevalence of chronic diseases, and patient self-advocacy necessitate that healthcare organisations find innovative solutions to these growing issues. Abbott Point of Care, with its i-STAT blood analyser, offers solutions to help meet the growing challenges faced by EDs worldwide.  

The i-STAT 1 and i-STAT Alinity systems bring testing to the patient’s bedside, allowing medical staff to expedite care by performing a wide range of diagnostic tests within minutes, rather than hours, using only a few drops of blood. 

MEASURABLE IMPROVEMENTS WITH
i-STAT

 

ACHIEVING MAXIMUM CARE
WITH MINIMUM WAIT

ED overcrowding is a major patient safety concern associated with poor patient outcomes.1 And increased demand means patients often face long periods of waiting.2

In the ED, the optimal patient journey should include a maximum amount of care and a minimum amount of waiting, thus more hospitals are seeking innovative technologies to improve patient-care workflows. Implementing Abbott’s  i-STAT System can help accomplish this.

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*The results shown in studies featured on this page are specific to this health care facility and may differ from those achieved by other institutions. 
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A BROAD RANGE OF DIAGNOSTIC TESTS WHEN AND WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED

Requiring only a few drops of blood and the single-use test cartridges, i-STAT analysers deliver real-time, laboratory-quality results. Testing where and when tests are needed helps foster a collaborative, patient-centered environment, while driving improved operational performance by streamlining the testing process to accelerate patient-care decision-making. 

TEST CAtegories
  • Cardiac Markers
  • Lactate
  • coagulation
  • blood gases
  • chemistries & electrolytes
  • heamatology
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REALIsE PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS

 Several EDs have had the i-STAT System integrated in their patient care process and realised significant improvements in:

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Door to result

By incorporating i-STAT CHEM8+ and cTnI into common order sets and protocols, a hospital reduced ED door-to-result times by 50 minutes.

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Admissions from ed

By implementing use of i-STAT Chem 8+ in the ED, hospital reduced the admissions to the hospital from the ED by 14%.

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ED Length of stay

Data from a UK hospital showed that true point-of-care testing with i-STAT  can shorten the time a patient spends in the ED by 53 minutes.2


EMERGENCY MEDICINE RESOURCES

 The European Society of Emergency Medicine (EUSEM) drives awareness of topics and issues facing emergency medicine and emergency care. Abbott Point of Care joins in these efforts by offering resources in its Knowledge Center, such as educational videos, webinars and case studies for emergency professionals to view, learn and share. Two such resources are highlighted below.

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Efficiency Makes A Difference

George Hertner, MD, FACEM (Medical Dir., Univ. of Colorado Mem. Hospital North) explains how process efficiencies achieved with the i-STAT System helped improve a particular patient’s care in his ED.

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facility thrive

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Ambulatory Emergency Care **Length-of-stay

 References: 

1. Carter EJ et al. J Nurs Scholarsh 2014;46:106-15.
2. Jarvis PRE et al. Br J Hospit Med 2014;75:397-400.
3. Abbott Point of Care.“Point-of-care testing reduces ED assessment steps and improves patient throughput.” 040158 Rev A. 09/15.
4. Bailey TM et al. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 1997;23:302-80.
5. NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. Ambulatory care directory for adult patients. 2009.
6. Royal College of Physicians. Acute Medical Care – the right person, in the right setting – first time. Report of the Acute Medicine Task Force 2007. London. Available at: www.rcplondon.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/acute_medical_care_final_for_web.pdf [Accessed May 2019].
 

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