SickKids maximizes frontline PA team in virtual Emergency Department workflow

In a new First View Commentary in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine authors Dr. Daniel Rosenfield, Jordan Levinter, CCPA, et al. outline how Toronto’s SickKids hospital established novel roles for self-isolated physicians and its frontline PA team during COVID-19.

The authors describe how self-isolating physicians work as a “virtual attending” and use the PA team to help with gathering history, performing physical examinations, providing discharge instructions, and more. The article also examines issues around patient selection, communication, and medicolegal risks.

“By implementing creative staffing configurations, leveraging off-site access to EMRs and modern communication tools, these individuals [isolated physicians] can still contribute meaningfully to the operations of the department.”