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Thursday, December 7 • 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Use of A Behavioral Emergency Response Team To Reduce Restraint Use and Healthcare Costs

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There currently exists very little data on the use of behavioral emergency response teams (BERT) in the inpatient or emergency hospital setting. Given the rise in workplace violence and injuries among staff and patients, the use of a BERT program at our large academic institution was found to reduce physical restraint use through early intervention. Implementation of the program was also found to be associated with significant healthcare cost savings. The cost savings were a 31% reduction in workplace injuries associated with violent patient events which translates to a financial savings of almost half a million dollars over a single fiscal year. This session will discuss current literature surrounding restraints and possible social and racial biases. Next it will followed by how to set up a BERT program in your institution and important stakeholders. This will include how to train staff and reportable metrics to show success.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Define a behavior emergency response team (BERT).
  2. Apply concepts to establish a team at their institution.
  3. Recognize the potential cost savings by implementing a BERT program.

avatar for Monica Miner, MSN, BA, RN

Monica Miner, MSN, BA, RN

Behavioral Emergency Response Team Coordinator, University of Missouri Healthcare
Monica Miner is the Behavioral Emergency Response Team Coordinator for University of Missouri Healthcare. She received her MSN and BSN from Central Methodist University, and her BA in sociology from Indiana University-Purdue University- Indianapolis. After working as a case manager... Read More →
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Christopher Sampson, MD, FACEP

Vice Chair-Research, Clinical Professor, University of Missouri School of Medicine
Dr. Christopher Sampson is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He has been involved in simulation for over 15 years and was one of the first to introduce simulation into resident education at Washington University in Saint Louis... Read More →

Thursday December 7, 2023 2:00pm - 2:15pm PST
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