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Nearly 50 percent increase in ICU admissions, new study says
Date:5/14/2013

li> On average, patients had to wait five hours in the emergency department before getting into the ICU.

Additional research must be done to find ways to keep critically ill patients from facing long waits in crowded emergency departments, said co-author Jesse Pines, MD, MBA, MSCE, a practicing emergency physician and an associate professor of emergency medicine and health policy at SPHHS.

"Studies have shown that the longer ICU patients stay in the emergency department, the more likely they are to die in the hospital," Pines said. "Better coordination between the emergency department and ICU staff might help speed transfers and prevent complications caused by long emergency department waits," he said.


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Contact: Kathy Fackelmann
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George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
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