Perspectives on the Acute Care Continuum

The Acute Care Continuum is the integration of urgent, emergent, inpatient and post-discharge care of patients with acute medical conditions. 

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In his previous post, Dr. Joshua Bobko discussed how action by First Care Providers (FCPs, medical laypeople trained in basic trauma care) can greatly increase the odds of survival following an injury. 

In today's post, Perspectives looks at an evidence-based training program for FCPs and its impact.  Read More...
1/28/2016 10:16:40 AM | 0 comments

Communities are embracing the concept of the First Care Provider (FCP). FCPs are medical laypeople who have been trained in basic techniques to manage traumatic injury. They can provide lifesaving interventions in the critical moments following an accident. 

This two-part series will examine this trend in detail. In part 1, Perspectives covers the rationale for changing our current trauma response paradigm.  Read More...
1/26/2016 1:39:44 PM | 1 comments

Boarding a plane, presenting to the emergency department (ED), and being admitted to the hospital all involve a surrender of control. In the acute care setting, you don't choose your doctor any more than you choose your airline pilot. 

When a consumer has no choice in providers (or indeed, in using the service in the first place), ethics come into play. In such cases, the onus is on the provider to perform to a high standard. To do otherwise is to take unjust advantage of a captive consumer.
1/21/2016 5:08:52 PM | 5 comments

In today's post, Perspectives undertakes a crash course in caduceus history. It's a fascinating story rooted in timeless mythology that reflects tensions in modern-day healthcare. Read More...
1/19/2016 12:43:14 PM | 2 comments

Lack of inpatient capacity is a major contributor to emergency department (ED) crowding. The usual solution is to work toward shorter inpatient length of stay (LOS) and more efficient discharges. But the ED team at Palomar Health in San Diego County is finding success with the opposite approach. Specifically, they're applying an evidence-based protocol to safely minimize preventable admissions while ensuring patients still get the care they need.
1/14/2016 12:34:16 PM | 2 comments
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