Most patients admitted to an acute care hospital for reasons other than childbirth come through Canada's emergency departments (60% outside Quebec), and the length of time these patients wait for hospital beds varies greatly, according to a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
The report found that in 2005, half of all patients admitted to
hospital through Canada's emergency departments (EDs) waited
1.7 hours or less for hospital beds once the decision to admit
had been made, while the rest had longer waits. For example, the
10% of patients with the shortest waits were transferred
immediately to acute care beds; the 10% with the longest waits
waited 15.1 hours or more.
Source:CIHI - Understanding Emergency Department Wait
Times: Access to Inpatient Beds and Patient Flow
Date published: 10-18-07
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