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"ER Waiting Rooms Defy Stereotypes"

"Countering a popular belief, researchers say that communities with higher numbers of uninsured, Hispanics or non-citizens have a lower use of hospital emergency departments.
Instead, places with the highest levels of emergency department use are those with more elderly residents, communities where people have to wait a long time for appointments with their own doctors and places where a smaller percentage of the population is enrolled in HMOs vs. other kinds of insurance....

....The findings from a review of 60 communities come amid increasing concern about crowding that has led to ambulances being diverted and long waits in the nation's emergency departments. "

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I just read an article as part of our intern orientation reading series (yes, it's as enthralling as it sounds) that quoted some JCAHO higer-up as saying that ED overcrowding isn't necessarily a trend, but part of the long-term ebb and flow, or something to that effect. i thought it was interesting that an organization that has an anti-granola-bar-at-the-nurses-desk policy isn't concerned about something so much more significant. :rolleyes:


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I wonder how much over crowding is caused by SNF patients whos PMD was too busy playing golf to take care of a cold?


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Apollyon said:
I don't believe these doctors (for SNFs and nursing homes) actually exist.
Sure they do. I see evidence all the time on the paperwork the EMTs hand me. "TO: Tfer to ER per Dr. SNF."
Occasionally I even get to talk to Dr. SNF on the phone. He says, "Admit that to someone else. click."
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