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Natasha Singh, MD
Role of ED crowding relative to trauma quality care in a Level 1 Trauma Center.
Am J Emerg Med. 2018 Jun 18;:
Authors: Singh N, Robinson RD, Duane TM, Kirby JJ, Lyell C, Buca S, Gandhi R, Mann SM, Zenarosa NR, Wang H
OBJECTIVE: Trauma Quality Improvement Program participation among all trauma centers has shown to improve patient outcomes. We aim to identify trauma quality events occurring during the Emergency Department (ED) phase of care.
METHODS: This is a single-center observational study using consecutively registered data in local trauma registry (Jan 1, 2016-Jun 30, 2017). Four ED crowding scores as determined by four different crowding estimation tools were assigned to each enrolled patient upon arrival to the ED. Patient related (age, gender, race, severity of illness, ED disposition), system related (crowding, night shift, ED LOS), and provider related risk factors were analyzed in a multivariate logistic regression model to determine associations relative to ED quality events.
RESULTS: Total 5160 cases were enrolled among which, 605 cases were deemed ED quality improvement (QI) cases and 457 cases were ED provider related. Similar percentages of ED QI cases (10-12%) occurred across the ED crowding status range. No significant difference was appreciated in terms of predictability of ED QI cases relative to different crowding status after adjustment for potential confounders. However, an adjusted odds ratio of 1.64 (95% CI, 1.17-2.30, p < 0.01) regarding ED LOS ≥2 h predictive of ED related quality issues was noted when analyzed using multivariate logistic regression.
CONCLUSION: Provider related issues are a common contributor to undesirable outcomes in trauma care. ED crowding lacks significant association with poor trauma quality care. Prolonged ED LOS (≥2 h) appears to be linked with unfavorable outcomes in ED trauma care.
PMID: 30139579 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]