Sara Gray practices Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in Canada. She works in both areas at St. Michael’s Hospital and is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. Her academic interests include patient safety and knowledge translation, specifically how to optimize the care of critically ill patients in the ED. Her most important achievements are her kids, who don’t care what she does at work all day, but who appreciate her chauffeuring skills and her sense of humor.She was a speaker at SMACCchicago; I thought her talk on ED Critical Care was just perfect for EMCrit.
Is the care you deliver to critically ill patients in your ED the same as the care delivered in your ICU? And if not, why not?
Consider the challenges facing the delivery of excellent care in the ED, and be inspired to make changes at your hospital to improve your system. Learn ten strategies for optimizing the care of critically ill patients in your ED.
1. Learn more about ED-ICU’s here at EMCrit
2. Consider a resuscitation fellowship like this one
3. There are zillions of articles about the benefits of simulation and training, here is a link to just one, if you only want to dip your toe in the water:
4. Audit and feedback around quality outcomes are a potential strategy. Read more about the pros and cons from the World Health Organization