'What Works' to reduce ER wait times
This week we'll be bringing you stories from our continuing "What Works" series; reports which spotlight ideas or innovations that are solving various problems in communities across the country. Good news! And better news; these solutions are often adaptable (if it works in Keokuk, Iowa, it could work in Katonah, N.Y.... you get the idea). Tonight's story offers a solution to a problem we've reported on in the past and which just seems to keep getting worse: the long, looooong waiting time in hospital emergency rooms. You're sick or injured, you need a doctor, but so do the other 75 sick or injured people there with you. People who study this kind of thing say the average length of time someone waits to see a doctor in the ER is more than three hours! And try that with a cranky infant or a squirming toddler. Tonight, correspondent Tom Costello and producer Jay Blackman report on "What Works" to reduce waiting time in the emergency room. Maybe it could work in your community?
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