HLST 1010 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Radiography, Population Ageing, First Nations

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The primary problem of overcrowding is the block in the provision of health care required by patients presenting to the ed iwthin an appropriate time and in an appropriate place. This results in a diminshed access to health care. Results from system capacity and efficiency issues that lie outside the ed. The length of time from the point the patient is triaged/registereed until the time the patient. Length of stay is different to wait time. Los is the entire time taken to complete asessment, treatment, etc o. Wait times and crowding are connected, but crowded room deos not always mean long wait time. Eds arent designed to hold people for more than 2-3 hours. They were initially designed only to hold for a couple hours. Overcrowding has been a problem fro over 25 years. Some people connect it to the restructuring of health care in the 90s.

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