April 15th, 2020
Closing the Loop for Patients in the ED
With Covid in our ED we are collaborating as interprofessionals (RNs along with our MDs, NPs, and PAs) to reduce exposure for all ED staff, such a using a straight stick for blood draws vs. starting an IV. As RNs we are noting that some of our providers are resistant or hesitant to return into patient rooms to “close the loop” and share the patient’s disposition. Have any of your EDs changed the process for conveying a patient’s disposition to them or started to use telehealth options to complete ED discharging?
Thanks for joining our conversation. What do you think is the right approach?