Emergency Department Boarding Stories

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Leave without being seen


"We have had 20+ boarders in an ED with 40 beds on many days over the last few months. Our LWBS* has gone well over 5% on some days and annualized below 1% in the years prior. Administration has been unwilling to consider smoothing the surgical schedule out because they are beholden to orthopedic revenue and don't want to upset that group despite being shown the evidence."

*[LWBS=Leave without being seen]

Without privacy

We are a 25 bed ED but we see on average 150 patients per day.

No net at all

We are a 35 bed ED (with variability of actual available beds based on staffing).

Do the math

30 beds. 34 boarders. 30+ in waiting room. Do the math.

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