Measuring and Analyzing Waiting Time Indicators of Patients’ Admitted in Emergency Department: A Case Study

  •  Saeed Amina    
  •  Ahmad Barrati    
  •  Jamil Sadeghifar    
  •  Marzeyh Sharifi    
  •  Zahra Toulideh    
  •  Hasan Abolghasem Gorji    
  •  Negar Feazbakhsh    


BACKGROUND & AIMS: Measuring and analyzing of provided services times in Emergency Department is the way to improves quality of hospital services. The present study was conducted with aim measuring and analyzing patients waiting time indicators in Emergency Department in a general hospital in Iran.

MATERIAL & METHODS: This cross-sectional, observational study was conducted during April to September 2012. The study population consisted of 72 patients admitted to the Emergency Department at Baharlo hospital. Data collection was carried out by workflow forms. Data were analyzed by t. test and ANOVA.

RESULTS: The average waiting time for patients from admission to enter the triage 5 minutes, the average time from triage to physician visit 6 minute and the average time between examinations to leave ED was estimated 180 minutes. The total waiting time in the emergency department was estimated at about 210 minutes. The significant correlation between marital status of patients (P=0.03), way of arrive to ED (P=0.02) and type of shift work (P=0.01) with studied time indicators were observed.

CONCLUSION: According to results and comparing with similar studies, the average waiting time of patients admitted to the studied hospital is appropriate. Factors such as: Utilizing clinical governance system and attendance of resident Emergency Medicine Specialist have performed an important role in reducing of waiting times in ED.

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