Central Carolina Hospital Announces Fast Track Emergency Services
December 22, 2016
Central Carolina Hospital opened its new "Fast Track" in its emergency department Monday to treat patients with less serious issues more quickly.
The Fast Track is a five patient room area located adjacent to the emergency department waiting area. It will enable the quicker delivery of care to people who do not have life-threatening symptoms but are suffering from "low acuity" ailments. The Fast Track hours of operation are noon to 10 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
"The Fast Track is based on severity of the ailment to be treated," said Yousif Alkadhi, MD, the hospital's chair of emergency medicine. "Here, we will see people with sicknesses like sore throats and ear infections and have them in and out with a goal of 60 minutes or less. We have increased our resources for those with basic medial concerns along with life threatening concerns.
The Fast Track, which is a part of the emergency department, will be staffed by a provider, a nurse and a nursing assistant.
"A large percentage of time, we see people come in and wait for a prolonged amount of time due to patients arriving by personal vehicle or by EMS who may require more emergent measures than others," said Julie Kelly, RN CCH's Emergency Department Director. "The patients with less severe problems end up waiting longer and in some instances leave prior to being evaluated. These patients are the patients we are targeting to treat with the Fast Track. We want to provide quality care to everyone who presents to be treated."
John Maxwell, the hospital's CEO, said the emergency department Fast Track -- which is the first step in a long-term expansion plan of the emergency department -- will constitute a large portion of the hospital's commitment to the health and well-being of the entire community.
"There's no place where our commitment to making this community healthier is more important than in the emergency department," Maxwell said. "That's why making the emergency department more efficient and better-able to meet the needs of every patient has been a priority for us, and we look forward to seeing the results of that those efforts. Anyone who feels like they need treatment should visit our emergency department, because if something minor turns into something major, we have all the resources on hand to take care of them during one visit."
About Central Carolina Hospital
Central Carolina Hospital, a DukeLifepoint Hospital, is a 137-bed acute care hospital that serves the health care needs of Lee County and surrounding communities. With over 120 physicians, the hospital offers a wide range of specialties including cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, pediatrics, hospitalist services, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, hematology, urology, podiatry, dentistry, pulmonary medicine, and wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Hospital services include emergency room, physical and occupational therapy, ophthalmology, cardiac rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, dialysis, maternity services, nutritional counseling by clinical dietitians, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Central Carolina Hospital was reaccredited by the Joint Commission for a 3-year period in May 2015.
Crystal Hickman, Director of Public Relations