Emergency Department Boarding Stories

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Killing the morale


"We have approximately 45 beds but some are dedicated to inpatient holds, and we had 29 boarders the other day which left approximately six beds to see new patients out of. This extreme bottleneck is a danger to new patients waiting and those already with us. This isn’t sustainable and is a tragedy for our national healthcare. Days like this aren’t rare and it’s slowly killing the morale of nurses and doctors."


We are a large-volume ED, seeing 350-400 patients per day. When we have over 50% of our ED beds full...

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...

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