In this large single-center retrospective analysis, longer ED boarding times were associated with higher mortality and longer inpatient LOS. Mortality rates were 2.5% in those boarding < 2 hours, and 4.5% for those boarding for 12+ hours. LOS was also significantly higher in those boarding <2 hours versus those boarding for 12+ hours (mean 5.6 vs 8.7 days respectively). This adds to mounting literature of the harm of ED boarding, and the need for sustainable and effective systems that facilitate throughput (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.