Emergency department patients who leave before treatment is complete

Title

Emergency department patients who leave before treatment is complete

Creator

Smalley CM; Meldon SW; Simon EL; Muir McKinsey R; Delgado F; Fertel BS

Publisher

Western Journal Of Emergency Medicine

Date

2021
2021-02-26

Description

Emergency department (ED) patients who leave before treatment is complete (LBTC) represent medicolegal risk and lost revenue. We sought to examine LBTC return visits characteristics and potential revenue effects for a large healthcare system.

Subject

This retrospective, multicenter study examined all encounters from January 1-December 31, 2019 at 18 EDs. The LBTC patients were divided into left without being seen (LWBS), defined as leaving prior to completed medical screening exam (MSE), and left subsequent to being seen (LSBS), defined as leaving after MSE was complete but before disposition. We recorded 30-day returns by facility type including median return hours, admission rate, and return to index ED. Expected realization rate and potential charges were calculated for each patient visit.

Format

Journal Article

NEOMED College

NEOMED College of Medicine

NEOMED Department

Department of Emergency Medicine

Update Year & Number

Jan to Aug list 2021

Citation

Smalley CM; Meldon SW; Simon EL; Muir McKinsey R; Delgado F; Fertel BS, “Emergency department patients who leave before treatment is complete,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed May 21, 2024, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11837.