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SWOT Analysis for an Emergency Room

Updated March 23, 2017

SWOT analysis is a tool typically used by businesses to assess its strengths and weaknesses, and opportunities and threats that exist in the external markets. SWOT analysis can be used by hospital administrators to assess the strengths and weaknesses of an emergency room as well as the external opportunities available to it and the threats that it faces. Based on SWOT analysis, administrators can make changes to improve the emergency room.

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Strengths

The strengths of an emergency room include all of the specific advantages inherent in the facility. Examples include state-of-the-art medical equipment, well-trained medical staff and highly efficient processes.

Weaknesses

Weaknesses encompass everything that is sub-par about an emergency room. Examples include staff shortages, lack of medical equipment or supplies and a deteriorating building. These are internal problems that the emergency room faces.

Opportunities

Opportunities are external options that are available for the emergency room. There might be government grants available for the emergency room, or there could be the opportunity to partner with a local medical school to gain more staff.

Threats

Threats are external risks that the emergency room faces. Risks include the possibility of a pandemic that could overwhelm the facility, the loss of doctors to retirement and funding cuts.

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About the Author

Wendel Clark began writing in 2006, with work published in academic journals such as "Babel" and "The Podium." He has worked in the field of management and is completing his master's degree in strategic management.

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