The effect of hospital bed occupancy on throughput in the pediatric emergency department.

@article{Hillier2009TheEO,
  title={The effect of hospital bed occupancy on throughput in the pediatric emergency department.},
  author={Debra F Hillier and Gareth J. G. Parry and Michael Wayne Shannon and Anne M. Stack},
  journal={Annals of emergency medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={53 6},
  pages={
          767-76.e3
        }
}
STUDY OBJECTIVE Although it has been suggested that high hospital occupancy leads to emergency department (ED) overcrowding and impedes ED throughput, there are limited data defining this relationship. The objective of this study is to examine whether high inpatient hospital occupancy negatively affects throughput in a pediatric ED. METHODS This cross-sectional analysis evaluated patient visits to an urban pediatric ED and hospital occupancy rates. Data were collected from a 347-bed pediatric… CONTINUE READING
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