Emergency departments (ED) that are crowded cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in heart attack patients, which can lead to more attacks in future, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study indicates that the most heart attack patients go to the ED and that the initial medical environment in the ED can influence patient experiences. When a patient is admitted to an overcrowded ED, the stress of physicians and nurses may get transferred to the patient, increasing the risk of PTSD.
Moreover, according to a study in the December 2012 issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine, ED overcrowding also leads to high inpatient mortality and moderate increase in the cost and length of stay.
To avoid these hazards, hospitals and other healthcare establishments must consider redesigning their EDs, triage processing and ward rooms. They also have to utilize space in the most optimum manner.
Another important factor affecting ED performance is related to their documentation tasks. Emergency room doctors need accurate transcripts of their dictations for proper diagnosis and treatment of their patients. With the need to make the best use of space, it is certainly not feasible for them to have their medical transcription done in-house. The ideal solution is for them to outsource their documentation tasks to a reliable medical transcription company with experience in performing emergency room transcription service.
Outsourcing ED transcription tasks to the right service provider would provide ED physicians with more time for patient care and reduce their stress. An established company comes with valuable benefits such as
- Reduced operational costs (30 to 40%)
- Customized solutions
- No long-term agreements
- HIPAA compliance
When outsourcing, choose a medical transcription that offers a no-obligation free trial that allows clients to check out their services before making the decision to outsource.