Emergency Department crowding now a days is inevitable. If patients are not crashing after triaged, they are advised to wait for an available bed in order to be examined. A lot of discussion and debate from either PEM staff or consulted services stating, “We cannot see the patient unless he/she is on a bed”!
My question to the group is:
1- Is there any data supporting “patient cannot be seen until there is physically abed”.
2- From the legal perspective are we bound to be legal for patients whom are on the waiting area waiting to have bed?
3- Since we have duty toward all ED registered patients. Is this considered break of duty if we do not attend them until they are physically on a bed?
I appreciate if I can get your response so we can all share it together.
Mohammed Alomar. MD.
Deputy Chairman and PEM consultant
Department of Emergency Medicine
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre
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