Table 3

Potentially saved ED stretcher time for admitted patients by service (N=272)

nTotal time saved*, hourTime saved per patient, hour (SD)
General surgery3590.92.6 (2.3)
Gynaecology823.32.9 (4.8)
Orthopaedic surgery2161.82.9 (3.6)
Other surgical†1327.92.1 (1.7)
Intensive care37.72.6 (4.4)
Internal medicine108422.93.9 (3.2)
Cardiology1871.44.0 (2.7)
Other medicine ‡1548.63.2 (2.0)
Oncological services§1864.43.6 (2.2)
Family medicine1855.83.1 (1.8)
Psychiatry1547.53.2 (1.4)
Total272922.13.4 (2.8)
  • *Calculated assuming the emergency physician initiated a bed request at the time of consultation and the time to inpatient bed was unchanged.

  • †Other surgical specialties including otolaryngology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, oral maxillofacial surgery, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, trauma surgery, urology and vascular surgery.

  • ‡Other medicine services including haematology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, nephrology, neurology and respirology.

  • §Oncological services include medical, radiation and haematological oncology.

  • n, number of patients.