The ED audit is a clinical tool that provides an unprecedented look at the individual practitioner, emergency practitioners as a group, and emergency department systems. This valuable tracking utility creates records of provider performance so that specific shortcomings can be identified and improvements effectively implemented. The ED audit tool provides an easy way to share information with other clinicians and provides results in graphic form that hundreds of emergency physicians have used and received with virtually unanimous praise. It is extremely useful for physician peer review, department systems review, and team building.
TSG now conducts the ED audit in over 300 emergency departments and has the largest EM safety and risk database in existence. Following the tool’s implementation in these departments, the number of patients discharged with abnormal vitals signs dropped drastically. Previously burdensome or even impossible risk factor analysis for coronary artery disease, thoracic aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism and many other conditions is now routinely performed. Quality of care in these EDs has increased and practitioners have been able to take advantage of unprecedented diagnostic opportunities.
The ED audit is completely confidential, HIPAA compliant, and proven to promote sustained improvement in clinical practice and documentation patterns in EM departments.