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Emergency Medicine International
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 824674, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/824674
Research Article

Physicians’ Ability to Predict Hospital Length of Stay for Patients Admitted to the Hospital from the Emergency Department

1Department of Emergency Medicine, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA
2Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

Received 29 August 2011; Revised 21 October 2011; Accepted 25 October 2011

Academic Editor: Walter Mauritz

Copyright © 2012 Gregory Mak et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Accurate predictions of patient length of stay (LOS) in the hospital can effectively manage hospital resources and increase efficiency of patient care. A study was done to assess emergency medicine physicians' ability of predicting the LOS of patients who enter the hospital through the ER. Results indicate that EM physicians are relatively accurate with their pediatric patients than any other age groups. In addition, as actual hospital LOS increases, the prediction accuracy decreases. Possible reasons may be due increasing medical complications associated with increasing age and this may lead to overall longer stays. Other variables such as the admitted service of the patient are not statistically significant in predicting LOS in this study. Future studies should be done in order to determine other variables that may affect LOS predictions.