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Updated: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:06:39 GMT | By CBC News,

Health PEI tries to reduce ER wait to under 4 hours

Health PEI tries to reduce ER wait to under 4 hours

Health PEI is spending $75,000 to commission a review of the Island's emergency room services in hopes of reducing wait times.

Dr. Richard Wedge, the health authority's acting CEO, said the goal is to bring wait times below the four-hour mark.

"We're looking at getting a profile of each of the emergency departments, what kind of acuity is going in there, how the staffing is, how the physician coverage is in terms of the number of hours, wait times, what efficiencies could be done to treat people quicker through an emergency department," he said.

Wedge said it's possible the review could recommend a reduction in services in some of the Island's four emergency rooms, but the plan is to have all four departments working as part of a single system.

Earlier this month Health PEI said it's also trying to schedule more operating room time for hip and knee replacements to improve patient flow so people get in and out of hospital more quickly.

In 2011-2012, only 46 per cent of Islanders waiting for new knees and 58 per cent requiring hip replacement had their surgery within 26 weeks — the national benchmarks for these procedures.

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