The Acute Care Continuum is the integration of urgent, emergent, inpatient and post-discharge care of patients with acute medical conditions.
In a recent post, Gregg Miller, MD, CEP America’s director of performance and quality, discussed best practices for responding to potential cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD). In today’s post, James Kim, MD, describes how his hospital is putting these principals into practice. Dr. Kim is emergency department (ED) medical director at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) in Pomona, Calif.
Perspectives: Thanks for joining us, Dr. Kim. Can you tell us a little about your department’s experience with EVD?
Dr. Kim: Sure. PVHMC is a 65-bed emergency department located in East Los Angeles County. Because Los Angeles is a port of entry with a large international population, EVD preparation has been a huge priority for us. So far, we’ve had two ambulatory patients present to the ED who screened "high-risk" at triage. While both of them were ruled out, they provided us with the opportunity for a "trial run" to test the protocols we’ve been developing. So it was a very valuable experience.
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