Reducing LWBS with More Efficient Point-of-Care Testing
17 Aug 2023
On average, patients who visit the emergency department wait almost 2.5 hours to be seen by a physician. Unfortunately, those triaged with non-urgent medical matters may wait even longer.
The number of patients who leave without being seen (LWBS) is rising and has reached as high as 10% in some areas. LWBS metrics are often used as a quality measure in emergency departments. When too many patients LWBS, it indicates emergency medical systems are failing to provide access to healthcare for these individuals. For care providers, this can impact accreditation and reimbursement.
Additionally, a lack of alternative care options exacerbates the inappropriate use of emergency departments resulting in high patient traffic. Emergency departments are often used as a substitute for primary care, to manage chronic conditions, or resolve milder health issues.
In the current healthcare climate, emergency departments are more crowded and have less staff to manage the high volumes. PixCell Medical’s state-of-the-art equipment can reduce the average ED length of stay and improve other ED quality metrics.
Here are three ways HemoScreen can improve patient throughput and reduce LWBS rates.
1. Re-Prioritization of Resources
The simple cartridge platform quickly and efficiently collects and analyzes blood samples and can be done at the bedside. This system reduces the burden on the time and attention of your skilled staff.
When looking at side-by-side scenarios, a nurse using HemoScreen can have results back on multiple patients by the time another nurse has collected, labeled, and sent off a single sample to the lab for analysis using standard laboratory methods.
A one-hour increase in average ED length-of-stay (LOS) results in a nearly 1.5% increase in LWBS. Emergency departments can reduce the total time in the ED with HemoScreen at the bedside. As a result, providers can spend their time, energy, and expertise on direct patient care and reduce patient volume, leaving fewer opportunities for patients to leave without medical care.
2. Faster Patient Care Decisions
On-site laboratories associated with hospitals and emergency departments can take hours to return results. Faster results allow for more immediate medical decisions and life-saving care.
HemoScreen gives physicians access to valuable real-time data within minutes. If reduced lab processing time can decrease LOS, then POC blood analysis will also help emergency providers improve patient throughput in the ED and reduce LWBS rates.
Rapid, accurate POCT virtually eliminates concerns for variable turnaround times, errors, or other logistic issues related to on-site labs.
3. Automated Processes
HemoScreen’s cartridge system is easy to use and requires only minimal training. Unlike traditional laboratory methods, managing reagents and regular machine maintenance and calibration are unnecessary.
All components, including reagents, are already pre-prepared within each cartridge. The analysis begins automatically once a sample is inserted. Once analysis is complete, the cartridges are discarded after use, and the machine is ready again for immediate use. If something ever goes wrong, troubleshooting is as simple as running another cartridge.
Optimize your Emergency Department
Experience fewer patients LWBS by delivering faster care to more patients in your emergency department without compromising on the quality of the service. With fast, accurate results and a portable design, HemoScreen offers powerful support to emergency departments looking to reduce their LWBS before delays can affect accreditation and patient care.
Contact us to learn how to avoid delays, errors, and mismanagement of valuable time and resources with HemoScreen technology.
(*) Please note: training must be defined by local, state and federal regulations. In the USA, training is defined for CLIA moderate complexity devices.