This is also being done at a Detroit area hospital. There is an article in the WSJ dated July 2nd, 2002 which highlights "overcrowding in U.S. ED's" & how this facility has guaranteed "time to see physician < 30 minutes or else your visit is free!!" Clearly, with an MD in triage, this is eminently possible.
Given the fact that most ED's are running over-capacity, I wonder if this has decreased overall "length of stay" in the ED. Perhaps someone in the area might be able to offer greater insight. Although it definitely has some distinct advantages, personally, it would seriously diminish my professional satisfaction, if triage is all I did at work!!
Jay Pershad, MD
Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
UT College of Medicine
LeBonheur Children's Medical Center
Memphis, TN 38103
Pediatric Emergency Specialists, PC
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