Bao (Kelly) To

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Undergraduate: BS Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech 2007

Graduate: MS Health Systems, Georgia Tech 2009

Current Employment: Research Specialist, Emory University School of Medicine.

My PI is Dr. Arthur English, and my research focuses on axonal regeneration in the peripheral nervous system.

Contact: gtg552y@mail.gatech.edu, (678)267-5422

Class Assignments and Reflections

Tuesday, August 19: What happens in the ED? I was once admitted to the ER for a severe sore throat. I decided to check myself in after the problem progressed to the point where I had difficulty chewing and swallowing. I checked myself in at around 6am and left the ER at 12pm. The ER during this hour was not busy at all; there were probably a total of 3 patients, including me, waiting to be seen. The procedures that I followed are listed below: 1. Check in with receptionist – insurance info, paper work, etc. 2. Wait 3. Nurse triage – get history, vitals, ordered tests, etc. 4. Wait 5. Saw the physician for 5-8 minutes 6. Wait for the test results to come back (I was put in a bed to sleep by this time) 7. Saw the doctor again and she explained the results, prescribed some medicine 8. Leave the ER I am guessing that the long wait is attributed to lack of staff (nurses and doctors), and waiting for the test results. But six hours is still a pretty long wait.

After Dr. Ackerman presented his ppt on his work in the ER, I could sympathize a little bit more with why there is such a long wait. There is simply a lot of volume and not enough staff to handle the traffic.

Thursday, August 21: Questions for Crawford ER: - What intervals of the day are peak hours, peak months during the year? - How many beds for each acuity level? - What are the different levels of acuity? - The information technology used to keep track of patients progress through the ER.


Tuesday, August 26: