Institute Quality Initiatives

Minimizing Unnecessary Emergency Visits


Taussig Cancer Institute has operationalized the availability of urgent visits as an alternative to patients going to the Emergency Department (ED). Patients are encouraged to call early in the day if they are experiencing any symptoms, and if needed they are provided with a same day urgent visit to be evaluated in clinic. If treatment is needed, they are moved to a treatment area; if admission is needed, we can directly admit them from the clinic. Avoidance and minimization of unnecessary ED visits is important for our patients to reduce the cost of care, risk of hospital acquired infections, and the likelihood of unnecessary admissions via the ED.

Emergency Department Visits Per 100 Patients


ED = Emergency Department

ᵃThis reflects the number of emergency department visits per 100 beneficiaries treated at Cleveland Clinic.