Factors Affecting Emergency Department Waiting Room Times in Winnipeg

Improving Emergency Department (ED) wait times is a major priority in Winnipeg, and this topic receives much attention both locally and nationally. What factors most strongly influence ED waiting room times? Should reform strategies focus on input factors (finding ways to reduce the number of ED visits), throughput factors (related to care strategies in the ED) or output factors (e.g., freeing up hospital beds so that ED patients can be transferred into hospital sooner)?

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