Factors associated with longer wait times, admission and reattendances in older patients attending emergency departments: an analysis of linked healthcare data

Conclusions Age, previous attendance and attending out of hours were all associated with an increased likelihood of exceeding 4 hours in the ED, hospital admission and reattendance among patients over 75 years. These differences were less pronounced among those arriving by ambulance. Emergency call handler designation could be used to identify those at the highest risk of long ED waits, hospital admission and ED reattendance.
Source: Emergency Medicine Journal - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Open access Original research Source Type: research