The consequences of emergency department crowding and delays for patients

Megan McHugh*

*Corresponding author for this work

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8 Scopus citations

Abstract

Emergency department crowding and the consequential delays in patient care have been long-standing problems, but as recently as 10 years ago, there was little evidence of their impact on patients. Since that time, there has been a substantial and convincing number of studies published indicating that crowding and delays compromise access to emergency care, quality of emergency care delivered, and patient outcomes, including survival. Further, there is evidence that these threats to patient well-being are more prevalent among vulnerable populations, specifically racial and ethnic minorities. This chapter presents results of recent studies that investigated the relationship between emergency department delays and crowding and patient outcomes. It concludes with a discussion about strategies to reduce crowding and delays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Series in Operations Research and Management Science
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages107-127
Number of pages21
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Series in Operations Research and Management Science
Volume206
ISSN (Print)0884-8289

Keywords

  • Crowding
  • Delays
  • Emergency care
  • Patient outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Applied Mathematics

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