Elderly face longer bed wait times in hospitals

Lessard, Shawna
January 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/1/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 1, p18
Academic Journal
The article offers information on a report issued by the Canadian Institute for Health Information which states that sicker and older patients may be mandated to have longer wait times on hospital emergency departments prior to their admission and transfer to an acute care bed. It highlights that significant variations in the patients' length of waiting time may take place after being admitted to hospital beds. In fact, in the year 2005, more or less half of the patients waited for 1.7 hours or less after admitted.


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