Hospitalists and an innovative emergency department admission process

J Gen Intern Med. 2004 Mar;19(3):266-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1497.2004.30431.x.


After treatment in an emergency department (ED), patients often wait several hours for hospital admission, resulting in dissatisfaction and increased wait times for both admitted and other ED patients. We implemented a new direct admission system based on telephone consultation between ED physicians and in-house hospitalists. We studied this system, measuring admission times, length of stay, and mortality. Postintervention, admission times averaged 18 minutes for transfer to the ward compared to 2.5 hours preintervention, while pre- and postintervention length of stay and mortality rates remained similar.

MeSH terms

  • Baltimore
  • Cohort Studies
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Hospitalists*
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Transfer
  • Time Factors