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Walkouts from the emergency department: characteristics, reasons and medical care needs.

Authors
  • van der Linden, M Christien
  • Lindeboom, Robert
  • van der Linden, Naomi
  • van den Brand, Crispijn L
  • Lam, Rianne C
  • Lucas, Cees
  • Rhemrev, Steven J
  • de Haan, Rob
  • Goslings, J Carel
Type
Published Article
Journal
European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2014
Volume
21
Issue
5
Pages
354–359
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/MEJ.0000000000000086
PMID: 24080998
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The average observed daily walkout rate was 1.4 patients over the 4-month period. In general, walkouts are self-referrals with lower urgent complaints, arriving during the evening or night shift or during crowded conditions. Most walkouts leave because of perceived long waiting times.

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