What Makes Yanina So Fast

We have a lot of people with great skills in our department with whom we can share our best practices. One thing Yanina excels at is efficiency. No one can deny she’s a machine when it comes to seeing patients. Here she describes how she’s able to keep her patients and the entire department moving.

You can also refer to ACEP’s 2004 Reference and Resource Guide: Doing Things Faster Without Sacrificing Quality.

Feel free to share any of your own efficiency hints in the comments.

Part 1

Part 2

What Makes Yanina So Fast

How to write good discharge instructions

Discharge instructions are often provided as an after-thought. You’ve gone through a complex diagnostic process, interpreted various tests and imaging and initiated life saving treatment. After several high-fives, now it’s time for the patient to go home. Your job is done. Throw some pre-printed instructions at the patient, they’re on their way, and you’re on to your next patient.

But think about what the discharge instructions represent. Your patient probably only spent a few hours with you. They will be spending days with whatever information you give them to take home. This is continuation of therapy. This information is vital for the patient. This frames their ultimate understanding of what happened in the ER and what needs to happen next.

So let’s learn to do it properly. Watch the following video on how to write good discharge instructions and then bring a set of instructions you (or your attending) wrote to class. Let’s see how you did.

How to write good discharge instructions