I know this issue raises it's ugly head once or twice per year on THE
Is there any Peds EM specific benchmarks for appropriate Physician staffing?
I am specifically interested in the NON-academic centers. How many Patients
per hour should a Peds EM physician be able to manage well?
I've seen the 2.2 to 2.8 numbers used in General EDs. I have also seen 5+
PPH used in Ped ED centers with full resident coverage. But what about the
completely clinical, seperate Peds ED?
Some adult EM physicians think that Peds ED = Fast Track so they would say
5-6 PPH but of course this is silly. While traditional markers for acuity
are lower in peds EDs (admission rates, arrests, and deaths), kids are
harder to examine and more time consuming to perform procedures on.
Since we are seeing more and more non-academic Peds ED forming now, I think
it is going to be vital to have good data that is peds specific.
Anyone have data or an authoritative source to share?
Ollie Chrisler M.D.
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