Associated Press Stacom, Don
“Friday Night at the ER” provided department heads, managers and staff with an in-depth look at staffing levels, revenues and hospital administration after simulating a 24-hour period at Bristol Hospital in Connecticut. The program is based on a board game and divided staff into groups of four charged with managing growing numbers of patients and shortages of beds and nurses. The number of patients in the ER waiting room continued to increase during the game, and teams managing the operating room, critical care unit, medical surgical floor and the ER discovered that when they worked together the number of patients in the waiting room declined.
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