Initial ED Impression and Reflection
--> Patients come into the ED
--> Pts sign-in or go immediately to a room
--> Pts register (contact info, insurance, etc.)
--> Pts see a nurse and have vitals taken, preliminary evaluation
--> Doctor sees Pt and does a history & physical
--> Tests may be ordered & preformed
--> Doctor decides on treatment
I think I have a relatively good impression of the basics of what goes on in an ED. I completely forgot about triage which is a major process. I thought it was interesting that no one touched on lab and radiology because those tests and departments can have a major impact on how the ED runs. I did not realize how high the volume of patients providers really was until Dr. Ackerman's presentation.
I have shadowed a few ED physicians in the past so I know generally what they do daily. But, I am not really sure what the other members of the care team do and what their exact roles are.