What are the causes for delay of patients TAT in emergency department?

There are some standards for Turn around time in emergency department. Due to delays in TAT bed occupancy is prolonged. What really causes the delay and how should over come those?

Root causes for delay were order-processing time, excessive queue and instrument times for potassium and volume of tests for admitted patients. Further study of these identified causes of delays is required to see whether laboratory TATs can be reduced.

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Turnaround time of patients in Emergency dept can be non- availability of beds, delay in investigations and communication failure between nursing and the front office staff. While other reasons like GDA, nursing and housekeeping related issues further delayed the shifting of patient leading to an increase in the length of stay for patients.

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