Appropriate Use of CT Scan in the Emergency Department
This chapter describes a case study in a community-based acute care hospital that was able to successfully reduce the Computed Tomography (CT) utilization in their Emergency Department by 8.7 % for 1 year, and 13.8 % since the prior 2-year period. The reduction was especially important because 10 % of the U.S. population gets a CT scan each year, and use of CT imaging is growing more than 10 % per year, and with it, increased long-term exposure can increase potential cancer risks. The cross-functional team applied the Six Sigma methodology and tools to define the problem, measure the current state, identify root causes, and develop medical research-based and evidence-based CT guidelines to reduce CT utilization. The information presented in this case study is not designed or intended to provide medical advice or recommendations.
KeywordsCompute Tomography Emergency Department Compute Tomography Scan Emergency Department Physician Compute Tomography Exam
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