Department of Emergency Medicine

Research on Emergency Medicine Quality of Care and Patient Safety

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital is actively implementing and researching quality improvement and patient safety in emergency care. Several current projects are listed below.

AHRQ Grant to Help Identify Emergency Department Best Practices to Reduce Healthcare Associated Infections

Jeremiah Schuur, MD, MHS, of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), is principal investigator of a 3-year grant from the Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, for a three-year research project to identify best practices for Emergency Departments (EDs) to reduce healthcare associated infections (HAIs). In collaboration with Carlos Camargo, MD, DrPH, of the Massachusetts General Hospital and EMNet, the project will produce the first estimate of infection prevention strategies in emergency departments nationwide.  The project will also identify best practices for infection prevention in use in EDs across the U.S., highlighting how the practices were successfully adopted and sustained into the busy ED environment.  

EDs with innovative infection prevention practices who are interested in sharing their success with the researchers should contact Dr. Schuur at edhaistudy@partners.org.

View the project website here.

Clinical Pathways/Guidelines for Appropriate CT Imaging in the EDThe Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in collaboration with the Emergency Medicine departments from Partners Healthcare Acute Care Hospitals has developed Pathways and guidelines for appropriate CT utilization in the ED.

CT for PE

CT for MTBI

Project documents:

CMS Headache Chart Review Protocol

CMS Head Data Collection Tool

CMS HCT 2nd Review Data Collection Tool

Performance Measures for Appropriate CT Imaging in the EDThe Department of Emergency Medicine and the Center for Evidence Based Medicine, both at Brigham and Women's Hospital, have developed performance measures for CT utilization in the ED which Partners HealthCare has submitted to the National Quality Forum for consideration in their ongoing project.

Project documents:

PHS Head CT for TBI with Forms- NQF IEP-007-10 5-19-10 _2

PHS ED CTPA Measure and Tools- NQF IEP-005-10

Approp CSpine Radiography UW-PHS harmonized measure 5-19-10

Please direct any comments to the National Quality Forum’s project director.

The National Emergency Airway Registry (NEAR) is a multi-center observational intubation registry coordinated through the BWH Department of Emergency Medicine; Principal Investigator is Calvin A. Brown III, MD. Access the National Airway Registry.

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