E.R. Overcrowding – A Public Health Crisis! | WJMN

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Add the first COVID and this winter, respiratory virus RSV, and flu. Emergency services across the country are overflowing. Emergency room overcrowding has been a health problem for years, but now health experts say it’s reaching crisis levels. You can find out more about what this might mean for patients who need emergency treatment here.

Imagine rushing to your local emergency room and not waiting. minutehowever hour Emergency room doctors admit you to the hospital to be seen, but there are no beds.

Yale School of Medicine emergency room physician Arjun Venkatesh, MD, and colleagues documented widespread and increasing overcrowding. In a newly published pair of studies, researchers first looked at the length of time patients wait before being admitted to the emergency room.

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“Those who come to the emergency room are evaluated, diagnosed and treated, then they need to be hospitalized. They have to stay in the hospital and wait up to two, three, four, 12 and 24 hours for a bed in the hospital,” emphasizes Dr. venkatesh

The wait time, called boarding time, is well above the national recommendation of no more than four hours, the researchers say. As a result, Dr. Venkatesh says one in 10 patients eventually walk away.

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A shortage of healthcare workers contributes to hospital overcrowding, leading to longer emergency room wait times, the researchers say. Dr. Venkatesh says hospitals may need to rethink how they deliver healthcare.

“We need to figure out how to get people back to the bedside with the training and skills to do this. And maybe we start using artificial intelligence, computer technologies, and other tools we have to do the back office work so these people can take care of patients and be more effective at that,” he adds.

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Previous research has found that emergency room overcrowding leads not only to treatment delays, but also to prolonged illness and death. For healthcare workers, overcrowding leads to higher turnover of doctors and nurses and higher burnout. And in a new study published in December, researchers discovered that overworked emergency doctors can misdiagnose patients who walk through the door.

Contributors to this article include: Cyndy McGrath, Producer; Kirk Manson, Cameraman; Roque Correa, Editor.

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