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When emergency departments are not prepared to handle psychiatric patients, quality of care declines, costs increase significantly, and hospitals open themselves up to legal liability and regulatory problems. In this episode, renowned psychiatric emergency expert Scott Zeller, MD, offers advice to healthcare leaders and others seeking to improve management of psychiatric emergencies.
The number of patients seeking psychiatric emergency care has dramatically increased in recent years. But too often, emergency departments are not fully equipped to provide timely care to such patients. In these cases, hospitals waste resources and can encounter legal and regulatory problems. In this episode, Scott Zeller, MD, vice president for acute psychiatry at Vituity and renowned psychiatric emergency expert, makes the medical, financial, and ethical case for why hospitals should act now to improve their management of psychiatric emergencies.