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Letter from the Editor

Joshua M. Glazer, MD

Joshua GlazerAfter troubleshooting some technical difficulties with the email listserv this month, we had a really nice response to the Spring call for article submission. It’s great to see so much involvement by the section, not just within the Emergency Department, but across entire hospital systems. We here at QIPS are truly impressed and humbled by your achievements. Keep up the good work, and please continue to share your stories with the QIPS membership!

In this month’s Newsletter, you’ll be treated to some fantastic reads: 

  • Hoping to better understand the logistics of operationalizing a physician-in-triage model? Or what your department’s return on the redesign investment might look like? Then check out CareSTART, recently implemented at the University of Wisconsin, and described here by Jamie Santistevan, MD; Andrew Lee, MD; and Azita Hamedani, MD, MPH, MBA.

  • Fall prevention is almost certainly an institutional priority at your hospital. What is your ED doing to combat the problem? In her next “QIPS TIPS” Shari Welch, MD, FACHE, FACEP describes what we can and should be doing.

  • Are patients who present with new-onset atrial fibrillation routinely admitted at your shop? A significant number of them could likely be safely discharged home instead. Bekki Hess, MD; Kara LeClerc, MD; and Susanne DeMeester MD share their algorithm and results.

  • Emergency physicians naturally find workarounds to get the results our patients need. However, when it comes to the electronic medical record, these workarounds often have unintended downstream consequences. Gerald Maloney, DO, FACEP, FACMT explains.

  • Finally, the QIPS website has undergone some major renovation and updating thanks to the hard work of Jamie Santistevan, MD. She’s provided a summary of updates for your convenience.



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