Emergency Department Protocols
Protocols are being published at an increasing rate. In the past there has not been a coordinated approach by which these guidelines could be screened, reviewed and adopted into practice. As part of its mandate to improve access, utilization and effectiveness of the emergency system in B.C., the Provincial Emergency Services Group (PESP) is committed to developing a consistent and standard approach to patient care in emergency departments across British Columbia.
To facilitate the introduction of protocols on a province-wide basis an Emergency Department Protocol Working Group (EDPWG) was established with a mandate to identify two high volume and high risk clinical protocols, to develop tool kits for their implementation and to develop a province-wide implementation strategy. Based on application of criteria, acute asthma management and Stroke TIA were the first protocols developed.