Alternatives For Overcrowding Emergency Departments

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ALTERNATIVES FOR OVERCROWDING EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS
Meeting the Challenge and Filling the Gaps in America’s Healthcare System
Executive Summary: Many visits to the Emergency Department are made for non-emergent needs. This causes congestion in the healthcare system and makes it harder for those who truly need emergent medical attention receive the care they need. Aging populations, under or non-insured patients, Medicaid expansions, and Psychiatric/Behavioral Health problems directly impact overcrowding in the Emergency Department. Providing alternative facilities and services, and utilizing Community Paramedicine programs will alleviate the strain overcrowding Emergency Departments face on a regular basis.
Introduction: Overcrowding in the Emergency Department (ED) has been effecting Hospitals around the United States within the last few decades. Little or no changes are being made to combat this growing issue. Overcrowding has been linked to higher rates of mortality, increased medical errors, more claims filed for medical negligence, and a decrease in over-all patient and family satisfaction. Aging populations, the growing number of under or non-insured people, Medicaid expansion, and an increasing prevalence of Mental/behavioral issues are some of the greatest contributors to ED Overcrowding. Many ED’s are filled with non-emergent cases and often ambulances are placed on divert to other facilities with urgent patients. By creating alternative facilities and services and…
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