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Hospitals Try New Approaches To Curb Emergency Department Crowding

Katherine "Kitty" Foley hasn't missed JazzFest in New Orleans in 30 years. But last year, Foley tripped over a trailer hitch during the festivities and broke her right wrist. As a nurse, she knew she needed prompt care but dreaded a long and unpleasant wait in a crowded hospital emergency department. When she did get to Ochsner Medical Center, she was stunned. The whole visit took less than an hour – including X-rays, pain medication, a soft cast and discharge instructions to tide her over until she got home to Cary, Ohio.

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