ED Usage Tips

(ways to make things easier for your patients when referring them)

 

* Utilize CHOA App for ED/urgent care wait times

* Encourage patients to utilize MyChart to see labs

* If sending patient for a procedure, for ex: abscess drainage, fracture reduction keep them NPO

* ALWAYS call transfer center before referring a patient

* Hughes Spalding is different: no access to surgeons, no ICU, no 24 hour ultrasound, no MRI, minimal subspecialists-Hematology and the O’s (Opthalmology, Non-surgical Orthopedics, Oral Surgery)

* When referring a patient leave a cell phone number to contact you and update your colleagues on patients being referred to the ED

* Labs and X-rays can be done at the hospital as outpatients with an order from you – the patient doesn’t have to come via the ED unless you also want them seen by an ED physician.

* Respiratory viral panel testing is generally not indicated for previously healthy children in whom treatment for influenza is not necessary (or can be done on clinical grounds)