Just curious as to your thoughts/recommendation as to the ideal staffing model for a Peds ED with approximately 18,500 visits per year. Assume average acuity distribution and admission rate of about 12 percent. Also, consider the fact of being under heavy pressure to provide excellent customer service (high patient satisfaction), triage at bedside and door to doctor in less than 30 minutes.
Assuming 24 hour coverage, do you feel single physician coverage is still adequate? (have to do all procedures and sedations, etc plus supervise 3rd year medical students here and there)
We know that 65-70 percent of patients arrive between 11am and 1am, so obviously these times can be quite overwhelming for one provider ... Is this still fine in your estimation or what would your suggestion be? Are you working in a similar setting? If so, what staffing model do you have?
Thank you much for your thoughts....
Sent from my iPhone
Dennis A. Hernandez, MD, FAAP, FAAEM, FACEP
Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Services
Florida Hospital for Children, Walt Disney Pavilion
Florida Emergency Physicians
Core Faculty, Florida Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Assistant Professor, Florida State University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida School of Medicine
For more information, send mail to [log in to unmask] with the message: info PED-EM-L
The URL for the PED-EM-L Web Page is: