Strategies to improve flow in the pediatric emergency department

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2007 Oct;23(10):745-9; quiz 750-1. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e3181568efe.


As emergency departments (EDs) experience overcrowding, there is ever-growing pressure to improve patient flow. We present a review of strategies to increase efficiency of patient inflow, throughput, and output in the ED, with an emphasis on approaches that are under greater control of the ED itself and therefore more amenable to implementation without major institutional changes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Continuity of Patient Care / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Laboratories, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Length of Stay
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Patient Admission
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration
  • Pediatrics / organization & administration*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling / organization & administration
  • Triage / organization & administration
  • Waiting Lists