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EM Express Program
The mission of EM Xpress is to eliminate ambulance gridlock at hospitals by speeding patient offloads. Borrowing from a car racing model, EM Xpress uses “pit crews” to expedite the transfer of patient care between emergency medical services (EMS) and emergency department (ED) staff. The goal of EM Xpress is to offload patients quickly and safely so that ambulance crews can avoid delays at the ED and get back on the road to respond to other calls. This solution was implemented at Valley Hospital Medical Center. The report is available as a PDF, requing Adobe Reader.
The mission of North Carolina’s RACE system is to regionalize cardiac care for heart attack patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) throughout the state’s acute care facilities. RACE, an acronym for Reperfusion of Acute Myocardial Infarction in Carolina Emergency Departments, aims to standardize the triage and transfer of STEMI patients much like emergency medical systems across the country handle the triage and transfer of trauma patients.