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Wednesday, October 31 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Triage of Low-Acuity Patients at Dispatch: A Swedish Model

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The current clinical practice of nurses working at the EMD centers in Uppsala, Västmanland and Sörmland regions in Sweden is to triage patients without emergency care needs to alternative forms of healthcare such as nursing advice lines, taxi services, and other mobile care units. However, traditional rule-based decision support systems have been found to be difficult to adapt to the diverse cohort of low-acuity patients contacting the EMD center. In a two-year project funded by the Swedish Innovation Agency (Vinnova), models are being developed to predict a number of patient outcomes which can provide dispatch nurses with a nuanced picture of an individual patient's prognosis and necessary level of care. Hans Blomberg, medical director and co-creator of the current decision support system, will provide a high level overview of the expansive scope and vision of the EMD center as a hub for many types of healthcare resources, and how this vision has been operationalized in the Swedish context. Douglas Spangler, project manager at the Uppsala Ambulance Service, will describe the ongoing research and lay out a road map for how statistical models can be used to improve the predictive value of triage decisions made at EMD centers.

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Douglas Spangler, EMT, MSc

Project Manager, Uppsala University Hospital Ambulance Service
Douglas Spangler, EMT, MSc, is a project manager at the Uppsala University Hospital ambulance service, and health services researcher at Uppsala University. Previously, Douglas worked as an EMT in New York City, and as a business analyst at Physio-Control. His main research interests... Read More →
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Hans Blomberg, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Institute of Surgical Science/Anesthesia, Uppsala University Hospital
Hans Blomberg, MD, PhD is the medical director responsible for coordinating EMD centers across several Swedish regions. He is involved in implementing nurse-based dispatch systems, and leads research in methods to improve triage accuracy. Hans is a board member of the Swedish National... Read More →

Wednesday October 31, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Room 201AB