EKG timeliness: Going against the grain
Author DetailsEric Harbison MHA, BSN, RN
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The goal for all patients presenting to the Emergency Department with a chief complaint of chest pain is to complete an EKG and have it read by an ED Physician within 10 minutes of arrival. Prior to the process change, the Emergency Department was achieving this goal of 47 % of the time. With the change in our process we have maintained performance at the 50th percentile with multiple weeks above the 90th percentile nationally for completing the EKG and having it read by a physician within 10 minutes.