When the safety net is unsafe: real-time assessment of the overcrowded emergency department.

@article{Reeder2001WhenTS,
  title={When the safety net is unsafe: real-time assessment of the overcrowded emergency department.},
  author={Timothy J Reeder and Herbert G. Garrison},
  journal={Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine},
  year={2001},
  volume={8 11},
  pages={1070-4}
}
Although much work has been done evaluating causes for increased demand for emergency department (ED) services, few ways are available to help determine that an individual ED is overcrowded. Four calculations are proposed using real-time data for accurately diagnosing an ED with potential for failing both as a safety net and as a source for quality health care. The bed ratio (BR) accounts for the number of patients in relation to the available treatment spaces. The BR is obtained by adding the… CONTINUE READING

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