|In the next two to five years the Emergency Department volumes are projected to grow by 89% and is expected to be one of the most strategically important departments in the hospital according to a recent Health Leaders Media Intelligence Report.
As the ED increases in strategic importance hospital leaders across the country continue to report challenges and bottlenecks in the ED. On average patients spend more than 30 minutes in the emergency department before they are seen by a healthcare professional. Among the most prevalent causes of these delays are:ED-to-inpatient transfers 69%
- Psychiatric/alcoholic/drug patients occupying beds 54%
- Lack of alternative stream for low-acuity patients 38%
- Delays for specialty response 26%
- Delays to complete test or diagnostic procedure 26%
- Delays in hospitalist response 18%
- Delays in interpreting results of tests 18%
- Inadequate staff 17%
Too many ED’s are designed in a linear flow, attaching nurses or physicians to specific patients and tasks. These departments are vulnerable to uneven staffing flow, waiting patients and a back-flow from the ED to discharge challenge.
In the face of these challenges, today’s ED must be more versatile, facilitate effective teamwork, and dismantle the barriers of traditional ED clogs. Hospital Physician Advisors has successfully addressed these challenges and helped clients build ED teams and reconfigure ED’s to improve flexibility and workflow often delivering financial savings as well.