From Annals of Emergency Medicine, via Becker’s:
Researchers studied patients with psychiatric illnesses who were treated at one of five EDs between June 2008 and May 2009. They found while the overall average ED length of stay was 11.5 hours, this measure varied depending on discharge disposition. Patients who were discharged to home had stayed an average of 8.6 hours in the ED, and patients who were later transferred to a hospital outside the system of care had stayed an average of 15 hours. Other factors associated with increased ED length of stay include a positive toxicology screen result for alcohol, the use of diagnostic imaging and restraint use.
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