Patient Assignment Models in the Emergency Department

Nicole R. Hodgson, Stephen J. Traub

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Early assignment of patients to specific treatment teams improves length of stay, rate of patients leaving without being seen, patient satisfaction, and resident education. Multiple variations of patient assignment systems exist, including provider-in-triage/team triage, fast-tracks/vertical pathways, and rotational patient assignment. The authors discuss the theory behind patient assignment systems and review potential benefits of specific models of patient assignment found in the current literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-615
Number of pages9
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2020


  • Emergency department operations
  • Fast track
  • Physician assignment
  • Provider in triage
  • Rotational patient assignment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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