Emergency Department Boarding Stories

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Hopeless and beaten down


"With the current staffing crisis on a recent shift we were unable to staff 30% of our beds. We started with morning with 31 patients in the waiting room and nearly 13-hour waits. We tried our best with the available resources but it is impossible to recover from this. This is happening across the country. The constant moral injury and ever-increasing workload causes more and more staff to leave, worsening the problem. We feel hopeless and beaten down."

Over four weeks in the emergency department

There were no pediatric mental health beds anywhere in the community for a 14 year old.

Getting numb

Since July boarding has become the new norm. In our ER we are utilizing space in an adjacent unit to...

Every available space

We are the only free-standing children's hospital in Connecticut.

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