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Better Management can Reduce Emergency Room Waiting Times

Senior people at Capital Health are extremely optimistic about the recent changes introduced at hospitals with a view to better management //of emergency care and reduce waiting time for patients.

As part of the changes, a plan has been initiated to effectively manage space in the emergency rooms in hospitals. A "bed site manager" is newly designated in the hospital, whose job will be to manage beds for patients who need to be shifted from emergency care.

According to Michele Lahey, a chief operating officer with Capital Health, the main idea behind such a move is to bring down waiting times for patients needing emergency care.

Capital Health has created a new position called "triage liaison physician" — a medical professional in charge of administering tests, advise drugs and liaise with other emergency room doctors. The creation of this portfolio will enable doctors with more time to treat the critically ill patients.

Dr. Brian Holroyd, the director of emergency medicine at the University of Alberta Hospital, said the changes initiated will "make sure patients are cared for in the right place at the right time within our region."
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