Relieving overcrowded emergency departments through ambulance diversion

Hosp Top. 1990 Summer;68(3):23-7. doi: 10.1080/00185868.1990.10543675.


One city's solution to overcrowded emergency departments and a shortage of beds was the installation of an ambulance-diversion system, whereby ambulances carrying patients with relatively minor injuries were diverted, when necessary, from the city's busy emergency departments to less crowded ones in neighboring counties.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulances / supply & distribution*
  • Catchment Area, Health
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hospitals / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hospitals, Urban / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • New York
  • Patient Transfer / statistics & numerical data*