Real-Time availability of ED Beds for Ambulance transport

Real-Time availability of ED Beds for Ambulance transport

To provide real-time ED bed availability to Ambulance drivers via iPad of other compute device.

Why the contribution is important

This would greatly decrease the risk of conjestion and/or ramping.  This information would be available in backend systems and relies on ED Patient Bed data being updated by staff.

by jmaruca on August 15, 2019 at 03:29PM

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Average rating: 2.5
Based on: 2 votes


  • Posted by kentnu August 15, 2019 at 16:11

    Real time navigation is also needed for internal movements of patients e.g. a traffic light system for bed readiness. Once a patient leaves their bed space to when the space is cleaned and ready for the next patient - making use of the transit hub.
  • Posted by Pjhill August 19, 2019 at 09:00

    Patient management should firstly be based upon clinical suitably, there is no point taking a patient to a hospital that has an ED bed if the hospital is not suitable. Also there can be no preferential treatment and allocation to a bed upon arrival. This could also easily lead to increased congestion at hospitals and increased ramping due to a number crews arriving at an ED within a short period of time. This could create a level of micro management pre hospital which ideally should be avoided.
  • Posted by TrentWheeler August 21, 2019 at 16:24

    Decisions to transport patients to an ED should be based on clinical factors, not perception of how busy the hospital system is. The distribution of ambulances between hospitals is a whole other issue but should not factor into whether a patient is diverted from an ED to other forms of care.
  • Posted by jmaruca August 22, 2019 at 14:21

    Thanks for the constructive feedback everyone; points taken and would be possible to achieve with the right technology complimenting clinical workflows.
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