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Emergency Department Solutions

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Your patient’s journey starts here, in this fast-paced environment where decisions need to be made quickly and with confidence. The emergency department admits approximately 60% of all hospital admissions in Canada1 and is the first interaction your patient will have with the health care system. The decisions made from here will impact each patient’s journey to recovery and discharge.

Emergency Department Stats

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    14.5 hours

    is the average length of stay in Emergency Departments across Canada. 2


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    people visited Emergency Departments across Canada during the 2018 and 2019 fiscal year. 2


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    patients receive care from the Emergency Departments four times or more in the fiscal year. 2


Solutions for Emergency Department Challenges

There are four common challenges patients will face as they are admitted to the Emergency Department (ED): normothermia, peripheral IVs, wounds, and infection control. 3M has a wide breadth of products and solutions built to enhance patient outcomes and help reduce the length of stay.

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  2. Canadian Institute for Health Information. NACRS Emergency Department Visits and Length of Stay by Province/Territory, 2018–2019. Ottawa, ON: CIHI; 2019.
  3. Duchesne, J.C.; McSwain Jr., N.E.; Cotton, B.A.; Hunt, J.P.; Dellavolpe, J.; Lafaro, K.; Marr, A.B.; Gonzalez, E.A.; Phelan, H.A.; Bilski, T. Damage control resuscitation: the new face of damage control. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2010; 69(4): 976-990.
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  10. Canadian Vascular Access Association. (2019). Canadian Vascular Access and Infusion Therapy Guidelines. Pembroke, ON: Pappin Communications.
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  12. Wound Care Alliance Canada: http://www.ourcommons.ca/Content/Committee/411/FINA/WebDoc/WD5709773/411_FINA_PBC2012_Briefs/WoundCareAllianceCanadaE.pdf
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  15. Canadian Committee on Antibiotic Resistance. (2007). Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Long Term Care, Home and Community Care including Health Care Offices and Ambulatory Clinics
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  17. Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee. (2009). Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning for Prevention and Control of Infections in All Healthcare Settings. (Toronto: Government of Ontario).
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