CRICO Insights: December 2018

5 Ways to Avoid Delays in Emergency Treatment in Your Office Practice


Develop and periodically review emergency procedures with all staff.


Ensure appropriate basic emergency equipment is available, maintained, and not locked away.


Train (and periodically retrain) all members of the office staff in using this equipment.


Advanced life support equipment may be appropriate for certain patient populations with staff trained in its use.


All clinical settings should be able to start interventions with crash carts, bag resuscitators and masks, etc., onsite.

Patients may assume a physician’s office is prepared for medical crises, and may well perceive any delay in emergency treatment as negligence.
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