Crowding is the most important problem facing Emergency Departments worldwide. In the UK crowding in EDs is worsening. The visible effects are ambulances queuing outside emergency departments, trolleys on corridors within EDs, and long waits in EDs both to be seen and to be transferred out to a ward. The invisible effects are the harm caused to both patients and staff. This page contains some links to useful resources on crowding.
Key RCEM information and guidance
Useful UK papers on crowding
Position statements from around the world