What is your current experience using a POD design in your ED? I work in a stand alone Pediatric ED with double and triple coverage that has a volume of 45,000+ visits per year. We are discussing a move to the POD design and I am interested in the groups experience.
If you are using PODs are you happy with the concept? Did it increase your efficiency? What are the unanticipated pitfalls?
Did your department initiate a POD design but now has gone back to the standard format of having the PEM's pick up patients from the entire ED pool based upon triage acuity?
Thanks for your input.
P. Patrick Mularoni MD
All Children's Hospital
St. Petersburg, Florida
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