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No ED is immune from psychiatric patient boarding

from Emergency Medicine News

How long does a psychiatric patient wait for a bed, discharge, or transfer in your emergency department? If your institution is like most, that number ranges between seven and 11 hours, and can be 24 hours or more if an outside transfer is required. Just about every emergency physician has stories of much longer waits. Authors of a study from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore reported that their average length of stay for an inpatient psychiatric bed was more than 20 hours, with wait times "habitually surpassing 100 hours." more


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