Big Book of Emergency Department Psychiatry: A Guide to Patient Centered Operational Improvement

Yener Balan, Karen Murrell, Christopher Bryant Lentz

© 2018 - Productivity Press
Published September 19, 2017
Reference - 354 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138198074 - CAT# K31336

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  • Use of Lean methodology to create a program for emergency psychiatric patients. Includes an introduction to the concept of active treatment of patients to increase discharge rates and ED length of stay.
  • Clinical approaches to treatment and management of patients with psychiatric needs in the ED. These guidelines will be disease specific.
  • Operational principles including creation of a dashboard and metrics to drive improvements and provides an introduction to queuing theory and the impact of long length of stay patients on the ED.
  • Includes experiential accounts of working in emergency psychiatry.
  • Accessible to professionals and trainees as well as patients and their advocates.


This book focuses on the operational and clinical strategies needed to improve care of Emergency Psychiatric patients. Boarding of psychiatric patients in ED’s is recognized as a national crisis. The American College of Emergency Physicians identified strategies to decrease boarding of psychiatric patients as one of their top strategic goals.

Currently, there are books on clinical care of psychiatric patients, but this is the first book that looks at both the clinical and operational aspects of caring for these patients in ED setting. This book discusses Lean methodology, the impact of long stay patients using queuing methodology, clinical guidelines and active treatment of psychiatric patients in the ED.