ER Delay

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Data Element (edit)
Field Name: ER Delay
CCMDB Label: not stated
CCMDB tab: not stated
Table: Created_Variables_Common_2021 table
Data type: date
Length: n/a
Program: Med and CC
Created/Raw: Created
Start Date: 1988-07-11
End Date: 2300-01-01
Sort Index: 8

The ER Delay is the difference between the pre-ER Boarding Loc and first post-ER Boarding Loc, for patients arriving from the ER.

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Legacy implementation right in the table

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It's is calculated by Created_Variables_Common_maker_2021 query and stored in Created_Variables_Common_2021 table in CFE. It is related to one of our Indicators, Length_of_Time_for_Transfer_from_ED_to_ICU_within_same_facility.

Data use

  • Measure the time spent using ER bed/facilities/staff while already accepted under a Medicine or Critical Care Service.
  • Measure the delay of movement of patient from ER bed to Medicine or Critical Care bed.

ER Delay Calculation

Implemented as

IIf(Not [PatientFollow],
IIf([location_name] Like "*EMIP*",[Dispo_DtTm],[Arrive_DtTm])-Nz([Accept_dttm],


  • I have re-updated Created_Variables_Common_maker_2021 query, for some reason the change I had made was not reflected in the master version. Ready to test. Ttenbergen 13:25, 2022 June 28 (CDT)
    • emailed Tina some inconsistencies found in ER Delays Aug 15,2022. --JMojica 13:21, 2022 August 29 (CDT)
      • are these still an issue? Ttenbergen 11:15, 2024 May 1 (CDT)
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Data Integrity Checks (automatic list)

Query s tmp Boarding Loc ER delay reasonableCCMDB.accdbimplemented

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Reporting and Analysis

The SAS Program to read the data is in X:\Julie\SAS_CFE\CFE_macros\


  • Used to be just the difference between the Accept DtTm and Arrive_DtTm for patients arriving from the ER.
  • Used to be collected as ER Wait and before that as Moves for Medicine.

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