Impact on ED Crowding
It was an unusually quiet Monday morning at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center as emergency department (ED) nurses were remarking how they had time to restock and to take breaks.
Like its counterparts nationwide, the Emergency Care Center (ECC) at Grady Health System in Atlanta was facing increasing demands combined with decreasing resources - evidenced by strains such as ambulance diversion times that had increased 3000 percent within the last six years.
The Joint Commission touched some raw nerves when it proposed standards to try to reduce ED overcrowding. Many industry experts pointed to a list of issues outside of hospitals' control as driving forces, like more ED demand and shortages of nurses and on-call physicians.
In the near future, patients receiving trauma care at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis Emergency Department (the MED) may be quietly tracked using an emerging technology to find out exactly how they spend their time.
Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI is an Urgent Matters grantee. Detroit and Wayne County face many health care delivery challenges, including the need to assure adequate funding for safety net services.