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<p class="Body-text">Specifically, the analysis found that the addition of a three-bed flex track produced a mean patient waiting time of 30.9 minutes. The traditional division between fast track and high-acuity beds produced a mean waiting period of 40.6 minutes, and a department where all the beds were totally flexible produced a mean wait time of 35.1 minutes.</p>

Borrowing yet another technique from manufacturing, investigators find that ‘operational flexibility’ can offer dividends to ED operations

Modeling technique suggests that designating flexible beds, capable of receiving both high- and low-acuity patients, can lower wait times in a busy 50-bed ED