Americans concerned about overcrowding and boarding of patients in the ED

Roszak, Dennis J.
September 2005
H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;Sep2005, Vol. 79 Issue 9, p94
Trade Publication
This article highlights a public opinion poll and a survey on the situation of emergency departments in the U.S. Seven out of 10 U.S. citizens believe that emergency departments are approaching a crisis situation because of overcrowding. The greatest increase in use was by elderly patients who are more likely to have chronic medical conditions that require more time to diagnose and treat. Seventy-seven percent of physicians believe that hospitals that are boarding patients on a regular basis need to increase their capacity to meet patient demand.


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