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Challenging Physicians to Help Improve the ED



An overwhelming majority of respondents to a recent survey say they are taking steps to improve their emergency departments. But it's clear that physicians must work with hospital leadership to make that happen.



2 comments on "Challenging Physicians to Help Improve the ED"
stefani daniels (5/25/2012 at 9:31 AM)

Based on research in the literatures, most ED waiting rooms are filled with people that do not require ED resources. So why aren't hospital execs doing more to remedy? It seems that 56% of your respondents are by implementing medical triage. Once the EMTALA standard is met, the patient should be referred to primary care services....or would that be competition to the community physicians?
Angelo Falcone (5/25/2012 at 6:38 AM)

Interesting article. In our experience flow problems in the ED can be attributed to 1/3 front end and 2/3 back end issues. While the ED itself can (and should) fix the front end through process changes such as straight backs and more efficient departmental processing such as rapid evaluation areas and discharge lounges the bottleneck at the back end is the major rate limiting step. Hospitals that have fixed that problem only do so when senior hospital leadership make it a priority. Otherwise it is lip service.