August 19, 2008
In today's class, we had an introduction to what goes on in the ER. Since, I personally have never been to an ER it was a very good conversation to have. The information that I have previously gathered about ERs has been through second-hand information from friends or through shows such as Grey's Anatomy and other hospital shows (but mostly Grey's). I think that most of the information that we talked about I had some information about. But I did not know the extent to which some of the problems exist. I knew that the number of people entering the hospital through the Emergency Room was increasing. I did not know that everyone who goes to the ER is required to get medical treatment. I thought that insurance was more important to getting medical care of any kind. Also, I did not know that when you request that no more patients come to the ER that ambulances can still bring patients to your hospital. That was interesting to know. --Jessica.Nance 02:00, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
August 21, 2008
In today's class we looked more into the nursing perspective on the ED and also some ways that architects help in the process of developing and planning new hospitals and emergency care centers. The information that we were presented with was very interesting. We got to understand on the surface level the thought process of the nurses. The talk about the Joint Commission was also helpful. But Iw would like to know more about exactly how the Joint Commission affects the work done in the ED, other than withdrawing funding.The talks that we had about architecture was really good to hear because it was a perspective that I really had no experience understanding. I enjoyed looking at the ways that Perkins and Will have set up the health care facilities to make the work of the health care providers easier. It was interesting especially to see the dynamic with outside companies working with the firm when they had to develop the space after the exterior of the building had already been laid out for them and ways that they used that space to their advantage. --Jessica.Nance 04:17, 26 August 2008 (UTC)
August 26, 2008
During today's class time we went to observe Crawford Long's Emergency Department. There was alot that I observed in the ED while we were visiting. Some of the things that I noticed: 1. Moderatly full waiting room. (12 ppl) they had 5 patients triaged. 2. The ER was built with 35% growth rate 3. There are specificed hallway zones which also have nurses assigned to them 4. Roughly 50 beds. Only 3 open. 5. At least 5 patients in the halls. 6. Though there were no stretchers available for patients there was one available to transport laundry. 7. There is a 5 level system. One this system a 2 means that you need to see a provider and be serviced within 2 hours of being triaged but there was patient who has triage level 2 and was waiting in the lobby at 1h 55min and counting.
These were some of my observations. --Jessica.Nance 04:25, 28 August 2008 (UTC)