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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hallway patients: The latest hospital fashion?

As Plainfielders face
long waits in the ER for inpatient beds at JFK, word comes that a solution has been found.

Move ER patients to beds in the hallways of inpatient floors.

Overcrowded ERs have put stresses on hospitals' inpatient beds and the hospitals are fighting back.

What to do when life hands you lemons? Make lemonade.

A study at Long Island's Stony Brook University Hospital has found that 'no harm results' to patients who are moved to upper-floor hallways once they are stabilized in the ER and ready for admission.

The study is the focus of a presentation today at a meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in Chicago, where the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has also studied the problem of ER overcrowding.

If this is such a good idea, maybe Solaris should forgo the construction bonds for new beds at JFK.

Are open-air unheated sleeping porches รก la early 20th century TB sanitoria coming soon? Not to save on heating, of course, but because 'no harm results'.

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