Emergency Department Boarding Stories

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"Today’s 8am system snapshot: We have three EDs with beds of 75 (45 staffed), 42, 11 respectively. Today we have:

  • 11 boarders, ranging from 5.5 to 18.5 hours
  • 14 boarders, ranging from 2 to 19.5 hours
  • 2 boarders, ranging 5.5 to 10 hours.

Today is a Friday, when there is usually less boarding. Friday follows only Saturday for least boarding. We have had more than 50 patients boarding at our 75 bed campus during the past month with several patients boarded for greater than 24 hours."

Wait list

In a state known for education and health care, MA, we are a small hospital without many resources.

Killing the morale

We have approximately 45 beds but some are dedicated to inpatient holds, and we had 29 boarders the ...

Hopeless and beaten down

With the current staffing crisis on a recent shift we were unable to staff 30% of our beds.

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