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Longer wait times hurting ED patients

More patient visits and fewer emergency departments have resulted in longer ED wait times, according to a report published online by the journal HealthAffairs. Researchers from Harvard Medical School found heart attack patients were waiting 2.5 times longer in 2004 than in 1997. Patients who were designated by a triage nurse as needing immediate attention waited 40 percent longer. Given the benefits of rapid treatment of heart attacks, sepsis, stroke, pneumonia, and trauma, longer wait times could diminish the quality of care in EDs, says the report. PEPID President John Wagner says, The report confirms our companys mission to help emergency physicians, and other caregivers, by making the decision-support process as fast and easy as possible. Complete story >>>>>


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