FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: May 14, 2010
West Islip, NY – Department of Emergency Medicine nursing staff at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center placed second in the medical poster presentation symposium and competition at this year’s national convention of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado Springs.
The poster, “Flexibility Allocating Resources and Space for a Specific Underserved Population,” was presented by Good Samaritan’s Emergency Department (ED) nurses Joann DeAntonio and Eileen Swailes, using bedside observations made in the ED. Research done by DeAntonio and Swailes showed that women complaining of abdominal and gynecological/obstetric pain had been experiencing delays and a higher than desirable “left without being seen” (LWBS) rate. As a result of these findings, the ED added this population to the existing mid-track process, thereby significantly reducing the patients’ LWBS rate. The mid-track process dedicates a physician to manage the diagnostic phase for these patients immediately after triage. Using the Ambulatory Surgery Unit (ASU) space—located directly over the ED—the same physician directs the care of these patients, which is coordinated by nurse practitioners.
The mid-track process has proven extremely effective in reducing wait times and the LWBS rate for emergency severity index (ESI) Level 3 patients. The condition of patients in this group is too complex for typical fast track, but not so severe that these patients need to be seen immediately, during peak census. The change in the mid-track process was evaluated for its effectiveness, and it was determined that the ED team had successfully resolved the situation for this very vulnerable population and significantly reduced not only the walk-out rate but the length of stay as well. It is a tribute to Good Samaritan Hospital nurses for their ability to advocate on behalf of the communities served. The presentation by DeAntonio and Swailes reflects this level of excellence.
For more information about Good Samaritan’s mid-track process, please call (631) 376-4444.
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The medical center, which has 4,400 employees and more than 800 physicians on staff, had 29,000 patient admissions and more than 100,000 emergency room visits in 2009. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provides approximately $49 million in community service and charity care each year. The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.