- What are the different types of emergency departments (EDs)?
The Emergency Medicine Network collects information for two types of emergency departments (EDs):
- EDs within hospitals, otherwise known as hospital-based EDs
- freestanding EDs (FSEDs), which can be satellite or autonomous FSEDs
The Emergency Medicine Network (EMNet) collects data about both types of EDs as part of the National ED-Inventory USA.
2. What is an FSED?
The Emergency Medicine Network and the American College of Emergency Physicians define a freestanding emergency department (FSED) as an emergency facility that is open 24/7 and not physically connected to inpatient services. This means that that an FSED does not connect to a main hospital but rather is located at a different site.
3. What are the differences between a satellite FSED and an autonomous FSED?
A satellite freestanding emergency department (satellite FSED) is run by a hospital; an autonomous freestanding emergency department (autonomous FSED), however, operates independently of any hospital ownership.
4. Are FSEDs included in findERnow?
Yes! The Emergency Medicine Network’s NEDI-USA uniquely considers the differences between satellite and autonomous freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs). We present facility-specific visit volumes, location, and GPS directions to these different FSEDs in our app.