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"We have had to transfer a patient from triage to the OR because we had no beds. Patients have eloped from our ED due to lack of beds. I have had to evaluate and give meds to a patient in triage for a STEMI*."

*[An ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is a type of heart attack that is more serious and has a greater risk of serious complications and death.]

Skin in the game

Nursing staffing shortages (nursing) on the floors keep beds closed to admissions, so they back up i...

Zero beds available

We are one of the biggest departments and hospitals in the state, and we routinely have 20-40 patien...

No room to go

We are a 14 bed ED with seven "fast track" curtained rooms.

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