New study concludes it's ok to put admitted patients in unit hallways to clear ED

A study at a meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in Chicago suggests that moving ED patients who are ready for admission to the hallways of other units is a relatively safe and effective strategy for curbing ED crowding.

 

According to an article in the Washington Post, researchers from Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York studied the outcomes of more than 2,000 patients admitted to hallways from the ED across four years at the hospital. The researchers found slightly fewer deaths and ICU admissions among the hallway patients compared with patients admitted to standard beds. "This is yet another battle cry for hospitals to get off their duffs and stop stacking people knee deep in the emergency department," said Dr. Peter Viccellio, who is clinical director of the hospital's emergency department. He is to present the study's findings Tuesday at a meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians in Chicago.

 

(SOURCE: Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, October 27, 2008)