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Waiting at the ER (The New York Times)


I trained in the Philippine General Hospital and spent countless (well maybe, not countless πŸ™‚ but it sure felt like it at the time) hours going on duty at the ER both as a student and as a resident. I also continued seeing patients at the ER as a fellow-in-training.

I challenge any reader to make a corresponding infographic for the PGH ER! This will be a worthy cause. We can pass it around until someone (anybody?!) donates money to help the PGH.

In any case, this New York Times infographic is interesting because it details what happens to patients waiting at the ER for non-life-threatening conditions. In a government hospital like the PGH, most of the patients seek consult for life-threatening conditions or at least long-neglected-supposedly-non-life-threatening conditions that have become life-threatening. No one can afford to wait and no one can afford to leave!

4 thoughts on “Waiting at the ER (The New York Times)”

  1. I trained at PGH, too!

    I've seen this kind of infographic before in a presentation (I think) related to evaluating government hospitals in New Zealand, and they were updated quarterly or semi-annually to show if there was any improvement in performance (increased use of services, shorter waiting times, compliance with regulations, etc). And they got positive results soon after doing these regular evaluations.

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