Doctor in triage slices door-to-discharge times

ED Manag. 2006 May;18(5):54-5.


Eliminating time-consuming processes up front and taking a hard look at how you treat nonemergent patients can yield dramatic results: One ED cut pain-to-first meds in half, cut 30 minutes off door-to-discharge times, and reduced left before being seen rates by about one-third. Having a doc in triage can help speed and ensure appropriateness of advance ordering. If your fast-track process is not meeting its turnaround goals, consider other alternatives such as Mid Care.

MeSH terms

  • Efficiency, Organizational*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Physician's Role*
  • Texas
  • Triage / organization & administration*