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Waiting in an Emergency Room?

A recent study of triage times in US Emergency Departments found:
  • The percentage of patients seen within the triage target time declined a mean of 0.8% per year, from 80.0% in 1997 to 75.9% in 2006 
  • The percentage of emergent patients seen within their 14-minute triage target time declined 2.3% per year (59.2% in 1997 to 48.0% in 2006) 
  • The percentage of semiturgent patients seen within their two-hour triage target time declined 0.7% per year (90.6% in 1997 to 84.7% in 2006)
  • In 2006, the adjusted odds of being seen within the triage target time were 30% lower than in 1997 
  • The adjusted odds of being seen within the triage target time were 87% lower for emergent patients compared with semiurgent patients. 

Source: “Percentage of US Emergency Department Patients Seen Within the Recommended Triage Time: 1997 to 2006 ,”Archives of Internal Medicine, abstract only, November 9, 2009, http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/169/20/1857?home

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December 10, 2009 - Posted by | healthcare, hospitals | , , ,

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