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Mortality outcomes and emergency department wait times – the paradox in the capacity limited sytem


Abstract Background: There is concern that undue ED wait times may result in adverse outcomes. Methods: We studied 30-day in-hospital mortality (2002-2017) for all medical admissions (106,586 episodes; 54,928 patients) focusing on clinical risk profile Results: Comparing 2002-09 vs. 2010-17, median ED waits > 6 hours (hr) increased 10h (95% CI:…

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