The Emergency Department Waits and Patient Flow Initiative was created to aggressively address emergency department wait times, in conjunction with other health system efforts to provide sooner, safer, and smarter care for patients.
In 2012, the provincial government’s comprehensive Plan for Growth challenged the health system to provide better health, better care, and better value, by cutting waits in emergency departments (EDs). In response, the Emergency Department Waits and Patient Flow Initiative was created to address ED wait times in Saskatchewan, in conjunction with other improvement efforts underway across the system. It builds upon previous work and aims to address key recommendations in the Patient First Review.
Many factors throughout the health system contribute to the length of ED wait times. There is compelling evidence that hospital overcrowding has a direct impact on the wait times in Emergency. By making improvements in how patients move through other areas of the health system, we are confident we can shorten waits in the ED.
The Initiative’s project team at the Health Quality Council is working with patient advisors, health region representatives and clinical experts in geriatrics, primary care and emergency medicine on a variety of strategies to improve patient flow and care experience. Click on the tabs below to learn more about each strategy.
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