April 27 Web Conference to Explore Strategies to Reduce ED Crowding, Improve Patient Flow

With nearly half of all emergency departments (ED) operating at or above capacity and the majority of hospitals holding patients in the ED while they wait for an inpatient bed, hospitals are seeking ways to reduce ED crowding. A Web conference sponsored by the Health Research & Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, will discuss steps for implementing strategies that hospital leaders can use to reduce ED crowding by improving patient flow. These steps are outlined in a recent Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funded publication, Improving Patient Flow and Reducing Emergency Department Crowding: A Guide for Hospitals. They include: forming a patient flow improvement team, measuring ED performance, selecting and implementing the right policies to improve patient flow, and address implementation challenges.

The free Web conference will be held at 3:00 p.m. ET on April 27. Register here. For more information on the AHRQ-funded ED Guide, click here.

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