Many factors throughout the health system influence how long patients wait for care in the emergency department. There is compelling evidence that, of these factors, hospital overcrowding is one of the most significant.
The provincial Emergency Department Waits and Patient Flow Initiative is working to improve how patients move through hospitals and other parts of the health system. Housed at the Health Quality Council, this Initiative was created in response to a challenge from the provincial government for Saskatchewan’s health system to aggressively reduce emergency department wait times.
The Initiative is guided by a collaborative team made up of patient advisors, health region representatives, and clinical experts in geriatrics, primary/community care, and emergency medicine. Together, they are developing and testing a variety of strategies for improving patient flow across the health system. See the different sections below for more information about each of these strategies.