Long ED wait times tied to mortality risk

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

June 8, 2011

A new study published in the June 2011 issue of British Medical Journal found that patient presenting to the emergency department during longer wait times might be at an increased risk being admitted to the hospital or even death within the next week.  

Patients who left without being seen, however, were not at higher risk of adverse events in the short-term compared to patients who were seen and discharged.  Researchers state in the study this could be because of slightly higher rates of follow-up doctor appointments or conditions that resolved while waiting in the ED.

Source: British Medical Journal