Background: ED overcrowding is an increasing problem worldwide that may negatively affect quality of care and patient outcomes. We aimed to study ED overcrowding across European centres. Methods: Questionnaires on structure and process of care, including crowding, were distributed to 68 centres participating in a large European study on traumatic brain injury (Collaborative European NeuroTrauma Effectiveness Research in Traumatic Brain Injury). Results: Of the 65 centres included in the analysis, 32 (49%) indicated that overcrowding was a frequent problem and 28 (43%) reported that patients were placed in hallways € multiple times a day'; 27 (41%) stated that multiple times a day, there was no bed available when a patient needed to be admitted. Ambulance diversion rarely occurred in the participating centres. Conclusion: Similar to reports from other parts of the world, ED crowding appears to be a considerable problem in Europe. More research is needed to determine effective ways to reduce overcrowding.

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Keywords crowding, emergency department, quality
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1136/emermed-2017-206796, hdl.handle.net/1765/109137
Journal Emergency Medicine Journal: an international peer-reviewed journal for health professionals and researchers in emergency medicine
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Velt, K.B. (Kimberley Bernadette), Cnossen, M.C, Rood, P.P.M, Steyerberg, E.W, Polinder, S, & Lingsma, H.F. (2018). Emergency department overcrowding: A survey among European neurotrauma centres. Emergency Medicine Journal: an international peer-reviewed journal for health professionals and researchers in emergency medicine. doi:10.1136/emermed-2017-206796