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Nurse Manager's Project Increases ED Capacity
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
Christy Wade became nurse manager of the emergency department at Jersey City Medical Center two and a half years ago and faced a problem shared with EDs around the country: too many patients and too little space. Wade and her colleagues—all Six Sigma certified—searched for ED bottlenecks and ways to remove them. They instituted changes, including a new approach to observation patients, that have reduced wait times to an average of 30 minutes, and decreased hours on divert to zero. [Read More]
April 20, 2010
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