The Emergency Room Services ( Ed )

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Going to the emergency room is not something most people want to do. However, on occasion it is necessary to utilize the emergency room services (ED). What necessitates that trip is debatable; social norms, prevailing trends, environmental demographics, culture, individual factors, the perception of illness and access to healthcare have all been discussed. It is not this authors intention to determine the root cause, but merely raise awareness that issues exist. Increased Patient Wait Times Result in Poorer Patient Outcomes. In the United States, between 1996 and 2003 emergency room visits rose from 9.3 million visits to 113.9 million visits; an increase of 26 percent with an annual visit rate of 35.7 visits per 100 persons in 1992 and 39.6 per 100 persons in 2005 (Hunt, K., Colby, D., Grimes, B., Bacchette, P., Callaham, M., 2008). As the demand for ED services increase, wait times increase, over-crowding occurs, resources are strained and poorer patient outcomes are often the result. Just ask the Jeffers family about poor patient outcomes. In 2011, 2-year-old Malyia Jeffers was taken to the ED by parents for an uncontrollable fever and flu like symptoms. At the ER as she and her parents waited nearly 5 hours to be been see by a physician, Malyia’s illness progressed. By the time she was seen, Malyia was suffering from toxic shock, a failing liver and struggling to survive. After weeks of “touch and go” in Lucile Packard Children 's Hospital intensive care unit,
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