The complexities of emergency medicine and prolonged ER wait times
Some communities have already issued warnings of increased emergency room (ER) wait times in the upcoming months, a routine phenomenon during the height of the winter season. Congruently, one among many complaints that patients have nationally about the state of modern healthcare is ER wait-times. With nearly a 50% increase in the number of ER visits in the last 20 years, this is likely a plausible public perception. However, what may not be well known to the public are the complex algorithms and protocols that drive patient flow and care in the emergency room. It is these intricacies that ultimately determine the entire patient care experience, including wait times.
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