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Journal Article
Study

Maximum emergency department overcrowding is correlated with occurrence of unexpected cardiac arrest.

Kim J-sung, Bae H-J, Sohn CH, et al. Critical Care. 2020;24(1):305.

Overcrowding in the emergency department (ED) can adversely impact patient safety. This study conducted at a single ED found that maximum ED occupancy rates were positively correlated with in-hospital cardiac arrest over a 3.5-year period, but occupancy rates were not correlated with ED mortality.