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ED Waits Linked to Higher Costs, LOS
Health Leaders Media

The common-sense assumption that longer waits in crowded emergency departments are bad for patients’ health is bolstered by a new study. The study, Impact of Emergency Department Crowding on Outcomes of Admitted Patients, published online this week in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, found that admission to the hospital from the ED on days with prolonged ambulance diversion or high ED crowding was associated with 5% increased odds of dying in the hospital compared to admissions on days with low ambulance diversion.