Hospital Overcrowding


Hospital Overcrowding


The Hospital Overcrowding Web site includes resources on overcrowding, including the “full capacity protocol,” which guides the movement of patients when the hospital is full, addressing high hospital census in a distributive and safe fashion. This information may be helpful in changing the culture that surrounds the issues related to hospital overcrowding.

Resources include:

  • Overcrowding PowerPoint presentation—contains information on length of stay, nurse–patient ratios, patient satisfaction scores, etc.
  • Key Points PowerPoint presentation—contains data related to the grave harm caused by overcrowding and the impact of the full capacity protocol on waiting times
  • Original “full capacity protocol” at Stony Brook
  • The official American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Boarding Task Force report on the causes, consequences, and high-impact, low-cost solutions to hospital crowding


Stony Brook University Hospital

Funding Sources:

Emergency Medicine Foundation


Review Date: 2008
Original Summary: July 2010
Last Updated: 06/19/13

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