Emergency Department Boarding Stories

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Not uncommon

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"It is not uncommon for us to have more boarding patients in our ED than we have beds. People with appendicitis, open fractures, renal failure sit in the waiting room for up to a day waiting for a bed to open up on an in patient floor. It is impossible to provide safe and thorough care to our vulnerable patient population when they spend their entire ED stay in the waiting room."

Social safety net

We see 50-90 patients a day and currently have very limited capabilities at our hospital and have to...

Rooms no bigger than closets

We are a >900 bed hospital with boarding since last summer, daily from 25-70.

I hope I make it

All of our beds were full, plus 30 people in the waiting room.

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