Lindon Johnson

Submitted 2022-10-18

Emergency Medicine Preparation

Emergency medicine is critical to reducing mortality and morbidity in healthcare settings. Efficient emergency medical response plays a crucial role in reducing the severity of the injury, hospital stay, and emergency room stay. In the practice of medicine, medical emergencies are a tipping point in care, with many emergencies care physicians reporting having malpractice suits due to poor patient outcomes. Preparation for an emergency is hence critical in ensuring positive outcomes of care. Emergency response requires a team approach in preparation and ensuring adequate physical, mental, and efficient communication plans are in place.

Prior to facing any emergencies, I will ensure to prepare for anticipated emergencies physically. One approach to preparing to perform life-saving interventions is to ensure the availability of adequate supplies. The acquisition of emergency supplies will reflect anticipated emergencies in the practice area or the emergency procedure to be conducted. Adequate supplies should include medication and equipment such as resuscitation equipment, which can be accessed and efficiently utilized by all clinical staff members within the facility.

Preparing physically for a life-saving procedure also requires preparing a response team with whom to work. The emergency response team ought to have both skills and be mentally prepared to respond to such emergencies. Developing skills among the emergency response team is crucial and should be a continuous process within the emergency department. It is essential to ensure that all clinical staff retains an up-to-date qualification in Basic and Advanced life support and any other emergency management skills required. The correct supplies for managing emergencies in the hospital setting can only be helpful in skilled hands; hence I will ensure that all health staff in the emergency department are well acquainted with the supplies and equipment in the emergency department. Consistent re-education on life-saving skills for healthcare providers in emergency departments is crucial. Re-education of all health care providers on life-saving/emergency response helps to create confidence and competence in anticipating and responding to emergencies efficiently.

Emergency planning encompasses having a written emergency response plan/protocol that will establish a standard approach and steps to be taken in an emergency. Emergency protocols must consider the skill-set of each team member within the emergency response team and assign specific responsibilities to them during any emergency. Having a functional team supporting you during an emergency response is essential in establishing the success of care and patient outcomes.

Mental preparation is as necessary as physical preparation when dealing with an emergency. Emergency response requires adequate focus to allow for critical evaluation and objective decision-making. Emergency drills are a sound approach to building the mental preparedness to face an emergency effectively. Emergency drills allow one to practice approaching emergencies and provide the emergency response support team a chance to practice their skills and enact the facility’s emergency protocols.

Communication during the emergency forms the backbone of an effective response to medical emergencies. Adopting simple but efficient communication approaches is vital to successful emergency response. In my setting and preparation, I will utilize several information exchange approaches such as Situation, background, assessment, recommendation (SBAR), call-out, check back, and hand-off communication techniques. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recommends using various communication approaches to enhance mutual situation awareness while responding to an emergency (Shahid & Thomas, 2019). To ensure an adequate emergency response, communication should be enhanced between the facility’s response and pre-hospital care teams. Pre-hospital care in emergencies plays a crucial role in stabilizing patients. Effective communication with the pre-hospital care teams enables adequate preparation to receive the emergency while also providing critical patient information, such as the extent of infirmity, interventions conducted, and response, to guide further emergency care in the hospital.

In conclusion, emergency response requires adequate physical and mental preparation to respond effectively and provide the care required. Since an emergency response is often a team effort, preparation must ensure that all team members are involved, understand their responsibilities, and have up-to-date skills in supporting response. Emergency care protocols and standard operation procedures are also crucial and must be understood by all team members for adequate support and response. Communication cements all emergency preparation efforts and can significantly determine the success of an emergency response. Communication must be well planned within the medical and pre-hospital care teams to coordinate care and ensure effective continuity of care at the hospital. Adopting various sets of communication approaches enhances mutual situation awareness in emergency response and helps to enhance teamwork during emergency response. All individuals involved in emergency response must be aware of and understand their responsibilities in the team.

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