It's a common problem for many hospitals. Patients arrive in the ED who need to be admitted, but there are no available beds elsewhere in the hospital.
Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the nation's oldest and best-known public hospitals, announced last month that it would cut about 300 jobs in order to reduce 2004 costs by $11 million.
Until recently, the Regional Medical Center in Memphis (The MED) had been experiencing a crisis facing many of the nation's hospitals: ED overcrowding. But within the past year their ED throughput has been halved from eight hours to four hours.
Providing Healthcare for the Acute Mentally Ill: A Community Response
It All Began with . . . a Friendly Invitation
Pay for Performance in Emergency Medicine
Initiating Early Patient Care Through Team Triage and Treatment
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and Hurricane Katrina have forever changed how America thinks of emergency management. Hospitals are creating strategic plans to prepare for disasters and to handle the surge of patients that are common in these events.
IOM Report Diagnoses Problem, But Pressure Needed to Provide the Cure
When the Institute of Medicine issued its report last month on the state of emergency medicine, the message was loud and clear: Help needed in the emergency room - stat!