Regionalizing emergency care : workshop summary /

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Imprint:Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, ©2010.
Description:1 online resource (166 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Series:Future of emergency care
Future of emergency care series.
Subject:Emergency medical services -- United States -- Management.
Emergency medicine -- United States -- Management.
Emergency management -- United States.
Hospitals -- Emergency services.
Emergency Medical Services -- organization & administration -- United States -- Congresses.
Emergency Service, Hospital -- organization & administration -- United States -- Congresses.
Emergency Medicine -- organization & administration -- United States -- Congresses.
Health Policy -- United States -- Congresses.
MEDICAL -- Allied Health Services -- Emergency Medical Services.
HEALTH & FITNESS -- First Aid.
Emergency management.
Emergency medical services -- Management.
Hospitals -- Emergency services.
United States.
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Electronic books.
Electronic texts.
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Varying Form of Title:At head of title: Future of emergency care
Other authors / contributors:Wheatley, Ben.
Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Planning Committee on Regionalizing Emergency Care Service.
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Summary:"During medical emergencies, hospital staff and emergency medical services (EMS) providers, can face barriers in delivering the fastest and best possible care. Overcrowded emergency rooms cannot care for patients as quickly as necessary, and some may divert ambulances and turn away new patients outright. In many states, ambulance staff lacks the means to determine which hospitals can provide the best care to a patient. Given this absence of knowledge, they bring patients to the closest hospital. In addition, because emergency service providers from different companies compete with each other for patients, and emergency care legislation varies from state to state, it is difficult to establish the necessary local, interstate, and national communication and collaboration to create a more efficient system. In 2006, the IOM recommended that the federal government implement a regionalized emergency care system to improve cooperation and overcome these challenges. In a regionalized system, local hospitals and EMS providers would coordinate their efforts so that patients would be brought to hospitals based on the hospitals' capacity and expertise to best meet patients' needs. In September 2009, three years after making these recommendations, the IOM held a workshop sponsored by the federal Emergency Care Coordination Center to assess the nation's progress toward regionalizing emergency care. The workshop brought together policymakers and stakeholders, including nurses, EMS personnel, hospital administrators, and others involved in emergency care. Participants identified successes and shortcomings in previous regionalization efforts; examined the many factors involved in successfully implementing regionalization; and discussed future challenges to regionalizing emergency care. This document summarizes the workshop."--Home page.
Other form:Print version: Wheatley, Ben. Regionalizing emergency care. Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, ©2010 9780309151511
Table of Contents:
  • Workshop introduction
  • Regionalized trauma care: past, present, and future
  • Emerging models of regionalization
  • Lesson from other systems
  • Regionalization: potential and pitfalls
  • Governance and accountability
  • Financing
  • Data and communications
  • Preparedness
  • Wrap-up discussion with federal partners.