Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice

Emergency Medicine Network

The aim of the KB Emergency Medicine project is to establish a regional network involving all Emergency Department teams to collaboratively provide continuous quality improvement for emergency care for patients.

Some key accomplishments include:

  • KB Physician and nurse leaders met and identified complex problems related to:
    • Communications and trust between primary and secondary sites for patient care pre-transport, transport decisions and patient repatriation
    • Diagnosis-specific decision support
    • Transport enhancement
    • Inter-professional capacity development for primary emergent care teams
  • In response, the project committee has:
    • Advocated for a dedicated car for the High Acuity Response Team to enable faster service response to rural sites
    • Invited the BC Emergency Health Services regional manager to committee meetings to address transport challenges
    • Organized a regional tour for BC’s Director of the Patient Transport Services and discussed patient transport processes
    • Implemented the Medical Imaging Patient Transfer document to provide clear communications between rural and regional sites for patient pathways 
    • Hosted local team building engagements in six sites, and a regional emergency medicine event

Project Quick Links:

Download the Medical Imaging Acute Transfer Pathway >



Questions? Want to learn more? Contact Mona Mattei