An Austin, Texas hospital improved the efficiency of its emergency department by taking inspiration from an unlikely model: the assembly line.
Though urban legend stigmatized frequent emergency room patients as mentally ill substance users who drain the healthcare system of millions of dollars and contribute to overcrowding, most ER superusers actually have chronic diseases, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.
Telemedicine may reduce errors in rural emergency departments, a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found.
Patient education, patient financial incentives and managed care interventions (primary care physician capitation or gatekeeping) are the most successful outside methods to reduce emergency room use, according to a new study published in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine.
Medicaid patients' high and growing emergency department use for ambulatory care sensitive conditions suggests the trend will continue with Medicaid expansion under healthcare reform.
Providing appropriateness training to emergency department doctors ordering CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) won't necessarily decrease inappropriate use of that test, according to a study in Academic Radiology.
For Mercy Health's Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati, three years ago, ER patients waited 40 minutes to be seen by a doctor. But now, the average wait time is only 12 minutes--a 70 percent decrease, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.
Emergency departments that ordered more diagnostic tests for children with possible community-acquired pneumonia also admitted more children to the hospital, according to a study published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
While many studies have shown that imaging utilization varies across and within emergency departments, very little of it can be laid at the feet of physician experience, training or gender, according to new research published online in the journal Radiology.
One in five U.S. adults headed to the emergency department at least once during 2011, according to an annual report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.