TIMELY ANALGESIA IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
A Quality Improvement Project to reduce time to analgesia in order to improve patient satisfaction and reduce length of stay.
The leading presenting symptom to emergency departments (EDs) is pain. At our urban tertiary academic center ~38,000 patients per year (80%) present with pain related concerns; 3,300 of those visits are for musculoskeletal (MSK) pain. MSK pain is often triaged with a lower acuity, and patients thus wait longer to be assessed. Delays in analgesia result in; worse patient care, decreased satisfaction, and increased patient complaints.
Team members: Reena Ahaulawalia, Hilary Lum, Kevin Beane, Jackie De Leon, Lucas Chartier
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