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By BrainScope
on November 08, 2022

With over 90% of Emergency Departments (EDs) routinely reporting crowding, nurses are tasked with caring for patients in the ED bays, hallways, and more during their shifts. They balance this crowding and patient needs with fewer resources as staffing shortages are widely known in the post-covid ED. Many hospitals look to fill the void with travel nurses, who now represent 8- 10% of the nursing workforce. This brings its own set of challenges for the hospital team.

By BrainScope
on July 13, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic stretched emergency departments (EDs) beyond their capacity and highlighted the resource needs of the system. Before the pandemic, EDs were already overburdened with increasing visits. More than 60% of all hospitals’ admissions come through the ED and 90% routinely report overcrowding/boarding.

By Diku Mandavia, MD, FACEP
on June 13, 2022

Ninety-five percent of head injured patients that visit the Emergency Department (ED) are considered to be “mild.” Many hospitals employ a fast-track, or similar pathway, for these patients. Their injury is not life threatening, they do not require the resources of more acute patients, and therefore in theory they can be quickly evaluated and discharged.

By BrainScope
on May 23, 2022

Many head injured patients arrive in the Emergency Department (ED) expecting a head CT “to be sure” their injury is not severe. Not fully understanding that while a head CT can identify if a brain bleed has occurred, it cannot detect a concussion, patients will often press for a head CT, as they find satisfaction in knowing “something was done” during their visit. 

By BrainScope
on February 11, 2022

As the world enters year three of COVID-19, patients are returning to the Emergency Department (ED), with volumes approaching pre-pandemic levels. Among those returning are head-injured patients—an ED patient population that has increased 30% in recent years. Seventy percent of these patients are evaluated as treat and release, but many spend up to six hours in the ED because of typical assessment protocols.