ICU in the ED: Providing ICU-Level Care to Boarded Patients in the Emergency Department

Author(s): Cook Nicole

Contact Hours 1.10

CERP C 1.10

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Monitoring, Patient Safety

Population: Adult, Neonatal, Pediatric, Geriatric

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Boarding inpatients in the ED is a perennial patient care and safety concern and it becomes even more resource-intensive and complex when the patients are critically ill. By attending this intermediate level session, participants have the opportunity to review the safety concerns associated with boarding critically ill patients in the emergency department, as well as novel approaches and best practices in providing critical care in the emergency department.


  • Summarize the factors contributing to boarding critical patients in the emergency department.
  • Examine the potential patient safety challenges which can occur when patients are boarded in the emergency department.
  • Discuss the implementation of interventions and best practices to ensure ICU level care to boarded patients in the emergency department.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.10 contact hours.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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