Reducing ED usage for routine care was a major goal of the Affordable Care Act. However, multiple recent reports show that contrary to expectations, ED visits are continuing to spike all across the country. ED overuse is a costly problem, in terms of direct costs and indirect damage. Long wait times cause frustration and complaints, which inevitably spill out on social channels and reflect on your hospital’s reputation.
BUFFALO, NY – Do patients presenting to emergency departments really understand the meaning of life-sustaining treatment forms, and how does that lack of comprehension affect the level of care actually delivered?
HOUSTON – The dilemma in treating patients who present with “wake-up stroke” is that emergency physicians have no way to determine if the stroke symptoms began less than 4.5 hours before, which is optimal for treatment with clot-busting medication.
ATLANTA – Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older Americans and are expected to increase in coming decades — which should come as little surprise to emergency clinicians who treat nearly 3 million of the cases annually.