Emergency Room Overcrowding And Emergency Rooms

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Approximately half of a million Americans are homeless, living in shelters or on the streets at any one time (Galea & Vlahov, 2002). The homeless population utilizes the emergency room to gain access to, primary care, nutritional, pharmaceutical and basic needs with non-medical issues is a contributing factor to emergency room overcrowding. The non-medical can primary care component needs to be moved out of the acute care setting of the emergency room but still readily accessible to the homeless clients. Living without adequate housing can increase a person’s morbidity and mortality which will increase the needs of a patient’s visit to the emergency room (Montgomery, Dichter, Thomasson, Roberts & Byrne, 2015). These patients can…show more content…
Homeless experience four times the higher use of the emergency room services than the average person, which can be very taxing on the system (Lin, Bharel, Zhang, O’Connell & Clark, 2015). Plan A letter to hospital administration, to be determined after some research on who may be the most receptive. The program includes highlighting the issue of homelessness, mental health concerns and the consequences of their use of the emergency room services. The creation of homeless services to be able to obtain non-medical essential services without having to claim an illness to receive food, shelter or other basic needs. Allowing the homeless to receive food, warmth or other requirements without tying up vital medical personnel with false complaints to gain access to address their nonmedical needs. The request to present a plan of action with data and research to all parties of interest and who could be of assistance. The hospital and its ancillary facilities would be approached to allow access and provide resources to the homeless community. The presentation would include the fact with copious amounts of numerical data about how we are already providing these services through the emergency room. The presentation would present the probability that providing these essential services to the homeless clients that we as a hospital system already serve will relieve the overcrowding and
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