Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Race is On!


My hospital's faster than your hospital. Let's see you beat a 14-minute door-to-balloon time! I dare you!
A new era of public relations has descended upon us ... one hatched from our wonderful performance initiatives.

No doubt we'll soon have "Performance Olympics 2008" as the ultimate arbiter of the "World's Greatest Hospital."

-Wes

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3 comments:

Ian Furst http://www.waittimes.blogspot.com said...

9:16am doctor realizes that he's operated on the wrong patient. can't fault the door-to-ballon but when it turns into a competition (and this never happens between surgeons right?) it can get dangerous.

DrWes said...

ian-

It's amazing the spin that can be applied when the patient happens to hit the "door" just before the first case of the day is put on the table and the staff and sterile equipment have already been assembled...

I'd suggest patient's help us improve our door-to-balloon time (and marketing spin) by making sure they get their chest pain at about, say, 07:30 to 08:00 AM on Monday through Friday (and no holidays, okay?).

Rogue Medic said...

One case is nice, but how well do they do on a consistent basis? How does the speed affect the quality?

This is an odd case. The delays in the prehospital setting are greater than the door to balloon time.