Addressing ED Overcrowding

Friday, January 9th, 2009
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 45 million Americans are uninsured. As if hospital EDs weren’t overcrowded to begin with, job losses and delays in seeking healthcare are causing an influx of patients to EDs across the nation. This week’s DM Update highlights ED overcrowding, increased wait times and one health system’s response to Massachusetts’ new “no diversion” policy, despite problems with overcrowding.

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