Biese Addresses Care Transitions in the Emergency Department

April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

​As communities explore strategies to reduce readmissions, many hospitals are examining the role the emergency department (ED) plays in transitions of care. This setting often presents challenges in caring for seniors or patients with chronic conditions. But new strategies are leading to better outcomes for patients who visit the ED.

Kevin Biese MD, MAT, associate professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a care transitions consultant at the Carolina Centers for Medical Excellence, addressed this topic during the pre-Patient Safety Summit, jointly sponsored by VHQC, the North Carolina-Virginia Hospital Engagement Network and the Virginia Association for Area Agencies on Aging.

He highlighted the challenges associated with caring for geriatric patients in the ED and identified strategies to improve coordination of care and communication with patients. According to Dr. Biese, nearly 70 percent of pneumonia and congestive heart failure patients and 60 percent of patients 65 and older are admitted through the ED. These conditions are also common risk factors readmissions.

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