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Addressing Emergency Department Flow, Inside and Out
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In addressing ED flow problems, one can look at the demand side (ED visitors), the supply side (inpatient beds, usually), and the efficiency of what happens within the ED itself. Of course, there are circumstances where approaching the demand side of ED volume makes sense, but efforts to stem patient flow should be undertaken while recognizing the patient’s role in the decision to seek treatment, and the patient’s self-appraisal of the urgency.