As not all of the data used in this report are current, it is important to note that changes made by staff in recent months have already resulted in positive outcomes and reduced wait times. Those results will show in the next reporting quarter.
Acute Care (Hospital-Based Care)
Wait times are commonly used as indicators of the efficiency of the system. A variety of factors can impact the wait times such as the demographics of the population, treatment patterns of physicians, the number of emergency surgeries, which have higher priorities in use of resources, nurse shortages, or job action (Statistics Canada).
The Emergency Department (ED) length of stay (LOS) is the time from when a patient is triaged until they are discharged or enter the hospital (leave the emergency department).
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