Difference in time to x ray with similar time to treatment decision leads to differences in waiting times of patients with hip fracture in a crowded emergency department.

@article{Chia2008DifferenceIT,
  title={Difference in time to x ray with similar time to treatment decision leads to differences in waiting times of patients with hip fracture in a crowded emergency department.},
  author={W-T Chia and Y A Chen and C-F J Lin and H Liu and B-F Lin},
  journal={Emergency medicine journal : EMJ},
  year={2008},
  volume={25 5},
  pages={274-5}
}
OBJECTIVE Crowding of patients is common in emergency departments. The number of hip fracture patients not regarded as urgent builds up and patients wait for treatment. In this paper, we present the causes of waiting time and provide some suggestions to improve patient flow in emergency departments. METHODS We undertook a retrospective review of emergency department records. Included in this study were 112 hip fracture patients seen between January 2005 and January 2007 at an urban… CONTINUE READING