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Emergency department crowding: the canary in the health care system.

Kelen GD, Wolfe R, D’Onofrio G, et al. NEJM Catalyst. Epub 2021 Sep 28.

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November 3, 2021

Kelen GD, Wolfe R, D’Onofrio G, et al. NEJM Catalyst. Epub 2021 Sep 28.

Emergency department (ED) overcrowding and boarding can result in worse patient outcomes and increased risk of medical errors. This article describes several causes and impacts of ED overcrowding, current solutions, and regulatory and institutional-level actions to reduce ED overcrowding.