Fast Track Program
Patients with less serious illnesses and injuries can be seen in the Fast Track area, shortening both wait and treatment times. Fast Track is not an urgent care center, but an "express lane" through the Emergency Department experience. The goal is to get patients in and out within 60 minutes.
To access the new service, patients will come to the Emergency Department and will be evaluated by a triage nurse prior to treatment to assess the severity of their injury or illness. Patients with less-urgent issues-such as a sprained arm or a cut finger that requires a few stitches-will be put on the Fast Track.
The new service will be located within the Emergency Department. An emergency physician and nurse will be available specifically for Fast Track patients seven days a week from 2:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., which are peak hours for Emergency Department visits.
"The Fast Track program is made possible by having a physician and nurse specifically assigned to oversee the rapid assessment and treatment of their patients," explained Julia Feig, RN, director of emergency services for Simi Valley Hospital. "Every case is unique. But our goal is to have patients with non-life-threatening conditions treated within 60 minutes."
"Our patients receive timely yet professional care. Just because we're fast doesn't mean that quality is compromised," said Alfred Yu, MD, medical director for Simi Valley Hospital's Emergency Department. "The goal of the fast track is to rapidly evaluate and treat patients who present with minor illnesses or injuries. By placing them in a specific, separate area they will not be subject to any delays that could take place when patients with more serious conditions are seen in the main emergency department."
As Simi Valley and Ventura County continue to experience growth, the demand on the hospital's Emergency Department increases accordingly. In 2010, there were more than 26,000 patient visits to the emergency room, and that number is expected to rise in 2011.