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Increasing number of patients who leave the ED without being seen
  1. E Bragulat,
  2. M Ortega,
  3. Ò Miró
  1. Emergency Department, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain
  1. Dr E Bragulat, Emergency Department, Hospital Clinic, Villarroel 170, Barcelona 08036, Spain; bragulat{at}clinic.ub.es

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The data reported by Moshin et al1 are impressive: 8.6% of patients who visited their emergency department (ED) in Liverpool BC, Australia left without being seen (LWBS) by a doctor. Factors associated with higher rates of LWBS were younger age, less urgent complaints and longer waiting time. Overcrowding …

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