Hospitalists and an innovative emergency department admission process

Eric E. Howell, Edward S. Bessman, Haya R. Rubin

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Abstract

After treatment in an emergency department (ED), patients often wait several hours for hospital admission, resulting in dissatisfaction and increased wait times for both admitted and other ED patients. We implemented a new direct admission system based on telephone consultation between ED physicians and in-house hospitalists. We studied this system, measuring admission times, length of stay, and mortality. Postintervention, admission times averaged 18 minutes for transfer to the ward compared to 2.5 hours preintervention, while pre- and postintervention length of stay and mortality rates remained similar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-268
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2004

Keywords

  • Emergency medicine
  • Hospitalist
  • Patient admission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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