High-Quality Emergency Care

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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Yale Medicine doctors continually set new standards for quality and patient safety.
  • We have increased patient care by decreasing the speed of our treatment for heart attacks and strokes.
  • Yale Medicine uses nearly 100 different indicators of quality and safety to set goals and measure improvement.

Yale Medicine's emergency medicine doctors are leaders in the patient safety movement, developing strategies to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 136 million people visit an emergency department every year—that’s more than 44 percent of the total United States population. It's of concern, therefore, that hospitalization has been identified as the third leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 400,000 preventable deaths per year. A leading academic medical center, our Yale Medicine emergency medicine doctors are dedicated to setting and delivering the highest standards of quality and patient safety.

“Yale Medicine’s three emergency rooms see thousands of patients every week, and as leaders in the field, it is critical that we provide the highest quality care,” says Arjun Krishna Venkatesh, MD, director of Yale Medicine’s Emergency Department Quality and Safety Research and Strategy. That means a timely diagnosis with appropriate treatment in an environment that does not add to the patient's risk for injury or infection.

Dr. Venkatesh says that Yale Medicine’s quality and safety strategies, based on evidence-based protocols plus the latest  technology, emphasize coordinated care across multiple specialties. “Emergency departments nationally are known for having gaps in quality and safety, and these are most often due to limited time and information,” he says. “You have to build systems in place to ensure appropriate, timely care.”