Congested EDs Find Relief Through Patient Transfer Centers

Annually there are 136 million visits to hospital Emergency Departments in America (CDC). Trips to the ED are typically unplanned and can occur at any moment. Lives are saved when EDs are able to function as they were designed…quickly.

EDs nationwide are facing larger numbers of patient volumes and longer wait times to be seen by an ED clinician. This trend directly impacts patient safety. Healthcare systems are combating their ED overcrowding problems, decreasing ED patient wait times, speeding throughput, and enhancing efficiencies through the creation and use of patient transfer centers.

A transfer center acts as a hub for patient referrals between a healthcare system and all the clinics, hospitals, and physician offices in its region. These centers allow referring providers to make one phone call to send their patients directly from their facilities to the appropriate level of acute-care, bypassing an unnecessary ED visit. This practice allows patients to quickly receive the level of care they need and enables hospitals to decrease the number of patients entering the hospital via the ED. TC2

With fewer patients in the ED, hospitals can provide heightened care and decrease those who leave the emergency room without being seen (LWBS).

Using transfer centers, hospitals nationwide are relieving pressure from their EDs by reducing heavy patient volumes in this department. Transfer centers are improving the way we care for patients, saving lives, and appropriately utilizing hospital resources.

Learn how pioneering institutions such as HCA and MSHA are using transfer centers to enhance ED operations. Download this whitepaper.

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