Volume 1, Number 4 (11-2016)                   hrjbaq 2016, 1(4): 239-244 | Back to browse issues page



DOI: 10.18869/acadpub.hrjbaq.1.4.239

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Jafari Iraqi I, Mahmoudi H. Causes and Consequences of Emergency Department Overcrowding; Methods for Resolving it. hrjbaq. 2016; 1 (4) :239-244
URL: http://hrjbaq.ir/article-1-64-en.html

School of nursing, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , h.mahmoudi@bmsu.ac.ir
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One of the most important parts of the hospital is emergency department which is faced with various problems. One of the most important problems is patients crowding. Overcrowding is a multifactorial and significant variable. Among causes of overcrowding we can mention lack of staffing, structural and demographic causes, and cultural reasons. The consequences of emergency department overcrowding include: reduced level of patient safety, reduced cost benefit and dissatisfaction of the health care system. Multiple manners have been proposed to solve this problem, including the control of ambulances destinations, adding personnel, referring of non-emergency cases, developing primary care units, increasing hospital beds, and expansion of environment in emergency department. But in between, there are simple, effective manners such as regular checking of files by nurses, specialization, and simplification of patients transfer to other wards, which could be administered.

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Type of Study: review | Subject: Special
Received: 2016/08/18 | Revised: 2016/12/7 | Accepted: 2016/09/10 | Published: 2016/11/19 | ePublished: 2016/11/19

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