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Tift Regional shortens ER visits

January 6, 2005

Tifton- Trips to the emergency room often take hours and the wait can make being sick even worse.

One south Georgia hospital is changing that. A computer program at Tift Regional Medical Center has cut almost an hour and a half off an average visit to the ER.

Large, flat-screen computer monitors replaced dry-erase boards. When patients are admitted, their information is entered into the system and their status appears on the screen. A quick glance gives nurses all kinds of information, such as how long a patient's been there and whether their lab results are in.

"So there was more of a visual cue to let us know how long the patient was actually in our department and that was a process of time that we didn't see with the dry-erase board," said April Dukes, the ER nurse manager at Tift Regional.

Tift Regional's ER will be paperless by June. All documentation will be done on a computer.

posted at 10:09 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com