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Emergency Department (ED) Throughput

As hospitals and staff are overwhelmed with an influx of patients, overcrowding and long wait times continue to be problematic as hospitals struggle to get patients in and out of the ED. Using creative strategies to design flexibility into the built environment, hospital EDs can optimize operations and improve throughput while continuing to put the patient first. To View a Complete List of Toolbox Contents and Resources, Click Here.

Insights & Solutions

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Interview
August 2017 Interview
Learn about: Ellis Medicine’s struggle to service a higher ED volume after two local hospitals closed their doors; why the new ED was initially unable to meet the high patient demand; and how a transitional unit, a split-flow model, and other strategic design choices ultimately helped improve ED throughput.
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Tool
April 2017 Tool
This tool provides healthcare designers and professionals with ED throughput principles/goals and how environmental, operational, and people measures can be implemented to achieve said goal. Download the tool by clicking the purple bar above.
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Lessons Learned
April 2017 Lessons Learned
The following are compiled from research literature, case studies, interviews, and other materials to provide an overview on the topic of emergency department throughput.  
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