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Emergency department overcrowding: a survey among European neurotrauma centres
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2018 (English)In: Emergency Medicine Journal, ISSN 1472-0205, E-ISSN 1472-0213, Vol. 35, no 7, p. 447-448Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: ED overcrowding is an increasing problem worldwide that may negatively affect quality of care and patient outcomes. We aimed to study ED overcrowding across European centres.

METHODS: Questionnaires on structure and process of care, including crowding, were distributed to 68 centres participating in a large European study on traumatic brain injury (Collaborative European NeuroTrauma Effectiveness Research in Traumatic Brain Injury).

RESULTS: Of the 65 centres included in the analysis, 32 (49%) indicated that overcrowding was a frequent problem and 28 (43%) reported that patients were placed in hallways 'multiple times a day'; 27 (41%) stated that multiple times a day, there was no bed available when a patient needed to be admitted. Ambulance diversion rarely occurred in the participating centres.

CONCLUSION: Similar to reports from other parts of the world, ED crowding appears to be a considerable problem in Europe. More research is needed to determine effective ways to reduce overcrowding.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central, 2018. Vol. 35, no 7, p. 447-448
Keywords [en]
crowding, emergency department, quality
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Neurology
Research subject
Neurosurgery
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-167888DOI: 10.1136/emermed-2017-206796ISI: 000439844900009PubMedID: 29563151OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-167888DiVA, id: diva2:1391731
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EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
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The CENTER-TBI investigators and participants are listed at http:// dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0161367.

Available from: 2020-02-05 Created: 2020-02-05 Last updated: 2020-02-06Bibliographically approved

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