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Slideshow: The ED Fix: Triage, Coordination and Navigation
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A growing concern of hospitals across the country is the overuse of the ED by patients for conditions that would be more appropriately treated by a primary care physician. We cannot diminish the impact non-emergent patients can have—both on the quality of care we are able to deliver and how quickly we are able to give that care. Indeed, 55% of respondents indicate their ED is either “always” or “often” overcrowded, with 50% noting an average wait time of 30 minutes or more prior to a patient being seen by a healthcare professional.