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Hospital crowding a continuing problem.

Hospital overcrowding has not improved in the past year, according to a recent survey of U.S. and Canadian hospital executives, administrators and managers conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

According to 60 percent of the 200 survey respondents, overcrowding continues to force hospitals to divert patients needing urgent medical care to other facilities. More than 80 percent of respondents said overcrowding was one of their top five management concerns.

"These survey results confirm what we have been seeing for several years in emergency departments nationwide," said Brian Keaton, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "Emergency department overcrowding is a problem for all of us."

On a positive note, survey respondents said they are increasingly optimistic about their organizations' ability to manage the flow of patients through their hospitals in order to reduce overcrowding and manage costs. Ninety-four percent said they believed technology, either by itself or in combination with changes in staff and processes, can reduce overcrowding.

Survey results and more information are available from <www.acep.org>.
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Title Annotation:NATION IN BRIEF
Author:Arias, Donya C.
Publication:The Nation's Health
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Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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