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Emergency department visits provide an opportunity to reengage people living with HIV (PLWH) who are out of care. We developed an electronic medical record-based algorithm to identify PLWH in the emergency department and inpatient settings and utilized a trained HIV care navigator to reengage PLWH in these settings. The algorithm identified 420 PLWH during the 14-month observation period. Of these, 56 patients were out of care. Out-of-care individuals were significantly younger than those in care (mean age: 38.6 ± 15.5 vs 46.3 ±14.8 years, P < .001) and more likely to be uninsured (7.1% [4/56] vs 1.8% [6/337], P = .02). Among out-of-care patients, 66.1% (37/56) were reengaged in care. Only 21.4% (12/56) of out-of-care patients had previously received outpatient HIV care at our institution. This project demonstrates the feasibility of using an electronic medical record alert and HIV care navigator to reengage PLWH seeking emergency medical care.
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Name: Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP
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The specialty or practice of nursing in the care of patients admitted to the emergency department.
Hospital department responsible for the administration and provision of immediate medical or surgical care to the emergency patient.
Paramedical personnel trained to provide basic emergency care and life support under the supervision of physicians and/or nurses. These services may be carried out at the site of the emergency, in the ambulance, or in a health care institution.
The practice of redirecting ambulances and patients seeking urgent care from one emergency department to others for various reasons such as overcrowding and shortage of skilled staff.
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