Lillooet Hospital and Health Centre
November 17, 2020
Minimal small ER standard supports
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Just wondering if there is any work/research/thoughts anywhere about what are the minimum standards to work in an ER. I see some ERs have no lab or XRAY. Some have limited POC. Some have one nurse and others have none. In some ERs , the docs are first call.
Is there a link between the population, which in turn dictates the acuity and frequency of the cases and the minimum standards ER docs need to have to support quality care?
Just curious if anyone has ever thought about this?
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St. Paul's Hospital
January 19, 2021
New CCS atrial fibrillation guidelines
Hopefully the attachment works for everyone--while the document is 102 pages, the relevant points for emergency physicians have been highlighted to avoid eyestrain and guideline rage, and most of the germane information starts on page 38 (anticoagulation) and on page 51. (ED management)
Good news: The main points of ED management are now aligned with the CAEP guidelines.
1. Ensure patient is stable, otherwise immediate cardioversion (this is rare).
2. Ensure no acute underlying cause; if there is an underlying cause, please identify and treat
3. a. For patients with acute onset atrial fibrillation or flutter, (generally less than 48 hours, but less than 12 hours if CHADS2 > 1) please use a rhythm control method.
3.b. For patients who cannot be undergo rhythm control, attempt rate control.
4. Unless a patient is still symptomatic after treatment, or if the heart rate cannot be decreased to less than 110 beats per minute, patients can be safely discharged.
5. Pay attention to anticoagulation! At least discuss with patients and document appropriately.
Bad news: CCS has again emphasized 4 weeks of anticoagulation in every patient who undergoes rhythm conversion. CAEP has published 2 editorials arguing for a more nuanced approach (ie does every 35 year old mountain biker need a month of anticoagulation) but CCS is holding firm despite admittedly weak evidence.
A group of motivated CAEP members will be updating the CAEP 2018 guidelines to ensure congruence with the CCS approach, while hopefully maintaining some flexibility.
Keep ya posted!
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We want to make this a minimal barrier process, ideally with patient leaving with a blister pack of Suboxone micro dose with instructions and daily partitioned doses and linkage to outpatient OAT providers. It may take several days to get to outpatient provider so dispensing multiple days of the induction regime makes sense.
We have come up against a hard barrier of inability to dispense more than 24 hours of medication from the ED according to our pharmacy colleagues.
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Has anyone been able to set up a program that allows them to dispense blister packs from the ED for this vulnerable population?
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