Navigating Healthcare – Patient Safety and Personal Healthcare Management

Average wait time in ED 4 hours

Posted in Uncategorized by drnic on August 24, 2010
Average wait time for “emergency” treatment is in excess of 4 hours. As the article puts it: Fast Treatment Rare in Emergency Departments
>>enough time to watch 4 episodes of the TV series ER!
Actually more like 6 if you removed the adverts
A sorry state of affairs that reflects the strain on the service and a high degree of inappropriate use driven by financial pressures, uncertainty and ignorance
There must be big savings to be had in focusing on this problem, creating better low cost (or free) alternatives, and including some push to stop unnecessary usage. 

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