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The increasing number of admissions to hospital emergency departments (EDs) during the past decade has resulted in overcrowded EDs and decreased quality of care. The emergency admission flow that we discuss in this study relates to three types of hospital departments: EDs, acute medical unit (AMUs), and inpatient wards. This study has two objectives: (1) to evaluate the impact of allocating beds in inpatient wards to accommodate emergency admissions and (2) to analyze the impact of pooling thedoi:10.1287/inte.2018.0951 fatcat:beqsqib7rnfibbglu6qgo7ew2y