Wednesday, April 11, 2012

LewisGale Gets on the Fast Track

Patients with minor emergencies can now get quicker access to care through Fast Track, a dedicated area within the emergency department at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery designed to get patients treated and out the door within 60 minutes of arrival.

Upon arriving at the emergency department, patients who are found to have minor medical conditions are routed to Fast Track. This area is staffed separately by a nurse and physician assistant or nurse practitioner and is equipped with two patient care bays and a waiting area for results.

“With Fast Track we’ve improved the overall efficiency of our emergency department and that has reduced the wait times for all our patients,” said Lisa Edwards, Emergency Department Director.

Construction is also underway for a new registration/triage area to further improve patient flow in the emergency department. This renovation will make it possible for patients to be screened by a nurse and to undergo their initial registration as soon as they arrive. The new registration/triage area is expected to be completed within the next seven weeks.

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