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Strategies to Improve Flow in the Pediatric Emergency Department

Yen, Kenneth MD, MS; Gorelick, Marc H. MD, MSCE

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e3181568efe
CME Review Article

As emergency departments (EDs) experience overcrowding, there is ever-growing pressure to improve patient flow. We present a review of strategies to increase efficiency of patient inflow, throughput, and output in the ED, with an emphasis on approaches that are under greater control of the ED itself and therefore more amenable to implementation without major institutional changes.

Chief (Gorelick), Assistant Professor (Yen), Department of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin and Associate Director (Gorelick), Children's Research Institute, Children's Hospital and Health Systems, Milwaukee, WI.

Dr Gorelick has disclosed that he is the recipient of grant/research support from Merck; and is a consultant/advisor for Merck and Baxter.

Dr Yen has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity.

Lippincott CME Institute, Inc. has identified and resolved all faculty conflicts of interest regarding this educational activity.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Kenneth Yen, MD, Children's Corporate Center, 999 N 92nd St, Suite C550, Milwaukee, WI 53226. E-mail:

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