Posted 2/28/12 on Not Running a Hospital
Following Dr. Kaplan’s talk, UNM the residents retreat broke into work groups. I attended the one about emergency department patient flow. The UNM hospital handles 90,000 emergency room visits per year but suffers from major congestion problems. The number of hours of boarding patients as they await rooms on the medical floors has grown, and there are also a substantial number of patients (14%) who leave without being seen because of the waiting times. This is not an unusual problem in American hospitals, particularly the safety net hospitals, which face financial limitations in increasing capacity.