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As a common surgical emergency that presents in our Emergency Department, Small Bowel Obstruction (SBO) is a disease process where appropriate treatment relies on early detection, fluid resuscitation, and gastric decompression. Despite SBO representing a common emergency, many patients experience inadequate or delayed management as compared to established guidelines, potentially leading to suboptimal treatment and resolution of SBO. As order sets and alerts within Epic are in place for other disease processes whose management relies on timely diagnosis and fluid resuscitation (e.g. sepsis), objectives for our quality improvement plan involve incorporating elements of alerts and order sets within our EMR to optimize detection, management and resuscitation of patients with small bowel obstruction presenting to the Emergency Department.
quality improvement, small bowel obstruction, emergency department, patient care
Emergency Medicine | Medicine and Health Sciences
Naples, MD, Robin; Law, MD, Kendrick; Campbell, MD, Quinton; and Bateman, MD, Ryan, "Small Bowel Obstruction: Facilitating Diagnosis and Optimizing Resuscitation and Management" (2019). House Staff Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference (2016-2019). Poster 119.