Case Studies

Improving patient flow through bedside testing at a Texas emergency department

This case study shares the impact of incorporating i-STAT CHEM8+ and cTnI into common order sets and protocols. This medical center* is a full-service, regional hospital/trauma center with an accredited cardiac acute care unit. Primary challenges were overcrowding and extended ED length of stay (LOS) due to operational demands and system inefficiencies.

*The information presented here is based on an actual facility, but the institution has requested anonymity. The results shown here are specific to this health care facility and may differ from those achieved by other institutions.

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Key Metrics

 

Goal

Reduce ED LOS times and accelerate patient throughput

IMPROVEMENT

23 minutes

Goal

Reduce door-to-lab results
 

IMPROVEMENT

50 minutes

Goal

Reduce door-to-physician time to expedite patient treatment

IMPROVEMENT

7 minutes

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New nurse-driven protocls instituted using i-STAT Chem8+ in 50% of Patients enabled the staff to accelerate processing and treatment - Allowing them to see more patients

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