Emergency department overcrowding

Analysis and strategies to manage an international phenomenon
  • Gregor Lindner
  • Bertram K. WoitokEmail author
review article


Overcrowding in emergency departments is a common and worldwide phenomenon, which is widely reported even in the lay press. Strategies to address this incriminating situation for patients, nurses, physicians and hospital administrators are urgently needed. The current review presents an analysis of the overcrowding problem as well as strategies to answer overcrowding situations.


Triage Fast-Track Team-Triage Patient-Flow Waiting time 


Conflict of interest

G. Lindner and B.K. Woitok declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Internal and Emergency MedicineBürgerspital SolothurnSolothurnSwitzerland

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