LOS ANGELES Jan. 26, 2011 Southern California
Because hospital emergency rooms see patients with a wide variety of conditions, they must use a process called triage that ensures patients with the most serious or life-threatening conditions are taken first for evaluation and treatment. For instance, people who have shortness of breath, chest pain or stroke symptoms may be seen before other patients. Most emergency rooms aim to take patients to a treatment room as quickly as possible. But the reality is that during busier hours, there may be a longer wait to see a doctor if a patient’s condition is not life-threatening. Lakewood Regional Medical Center is taking an innovative approach to try and change that. It puts patients in control of where—and how long—they wait to be seen in the emergency room.
Lakewood Los Angeles County
SOURCE Lakewood Regional Medical Center