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Bryn E Mumma, James Y McCue, Chin-Shang Li, James F Holmes
OBJECTIVES: Emergency department (ED) crowding is an increasing problem associated with adverse patient outcomes. ED expansion is one method advocated to reduce ED crowding. The objective of this analysis was to determine the effect of ED expansion on measures of ED crowding. METHODS: This was a retrospective study using administrative data from two 11-month periods before and after the expansion of an ED from 33 to 53 adult beds in an academic medical center. ED volume, staffing, and hospital admission and occupancy data were obtained either from the electronic health record (EHR) or from administrative records...
May 2014: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
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