American Academy of Emergency Medicine

AAEM Announces New Position Statement on ED Wait Time Guarantees

May 14, 2014

Contact: Laura Burns
              Communications Manager

MILWAUKEE — The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) announces a new position statement approved by the board of directors in May 2014.


Emergency Department Wait Time Guarantees
The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) opposes emergency department wait time guarantees. Wait time guarantees potentially compromise patient care by forcing emergency physicians to reduce their attention on truly emergent patients to ensure that less-emergent patients are seen within the wait time guarantee interval. As wait time guarantees do not take into account patient acuity or surges in patient volume, they may put the most critical patients in the emergency department at risk. Although EDs strive to increase efficiency to minimize patient delays, wait time guarantees should be discouraged. 

To view this AAEM position statement and all archived position statements, visit www.aaem.org/em-resources/position-statements.



The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) is the specialty society in emergency medicine today. As an organization, AAEM believes achievement of board certification represents the only acceptable method of attaining recognition as a specialist in emergency medicine.

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