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The financial impact of ambulance diversions and patient elopements.
Acad Emerg Med. 2007 Jan; 14(1):58-62.AE

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

Admission process delays and other throughput inefficiencies are a leading cause of emergency department (ED) overcrowding, ambulance diversion, and patient elopements. Hospital capacity constraints reduce the number of treatment beds available to provide revenue-generating patient services. The objective of this study was to develop a practical method for quantifying the revenues that are potentially lost as a result of patient elopements and ambulance diversion.

METHODS

Historical data from 62,588 patient visits to the ED of a 450-bed nonprofit community teaching hospital in central Pennsylvania between July 2004 and June 2005 were used to estimate the value of potential patient visits foregone as a result of ambulance diversion and patients leaving the ED without treatment.

RESULTS

The study hospital may have lost 3,881,506 dollars in net revenue as a result of ambulance diversions and patient elopements from the ED during a 12-month period.

CONCLUSIONS

Significant revenue may be foregone as a result of throughput delays that prevent the ED from utilizing its existing bed capacity for additional patient visits.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Health Services Design Section, Department of Emergency Medicine, York Hospital, WellSpan Health System, York, PA, USA. tfalvo@wellspan.orgNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17200514

Citation

Falvo, Thomas, et al. "The Financial Impact of Ambulance Diversions and Patient Elopements." Academic Emergency Medicine : Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, vol. 14, no. 1, 2007, pp. 58-62.
Falvo T, Grove L, Stachura R, et al. The financial impact of ambulance diversions and patient elopements. Acad Emerg Med. 2007;14(1):58-62.
Falvo, T., Grove, L., Stachura, R., & Zirkin, W. (2007). The financial impact of ambulance diversions and patient elopements. Academic Emergency Medicine : Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 14(1), 58-62.
Falvo T, et al. The Financial Impact of Ambulance Diversions and Patient Elopements. Acad Emerg Med. 2007;14(1):58-62. PubMed PMID: 17200514.
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