Emergency Room Overcrowding Term Paper by Nicky

A look at various causes for emergency room overcrowding.
# 151283 | 2,835 words | 12 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 31, 2012 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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This paper discusses the problem of emergency room overcrowding, considers the factors that contribute to it, and suggests solutions. The paper begins with an overview of the problem, describing the current situation in hospitals. Then, it describes ER visits, giving statistics to emphasize the seriousness of the problem. In fact the paper notes that patients who need emergency care are backed up to the point that loss of life occurs in some cases. Finally, the paper explores potential solutions to this problem including how some hospitals have found creative on-the-spot procedures to make ER processes more efficient. The paper concludes by calling for an overhaul to how hospitals manage their ER staff, patients and procedures.

The Myriad Problems
Solutions Offerred
So, Let's Talk About Patient Boarding

From the Paper:

"All of the factors we have discussed above contribute to the overall crisis of overcrowding in EDs across our country. There is no question that EDs across this country are overcrowded. Yes, there are many more ED patients and fewer EDs to handle them. But the research is telling us that we could handle the overflow even with the limited resources we have, and reduce the wait times, if we could clear the treated patients faster and get them back out the door or to inpatient hospital beds. It is this shortcoming in our hospital internal processes that must be addressed. There is also no question that the mystery as to why has been solved after so many years of assumptions that have turned out to be incorrect. Study after study, and prestigious groups involved in ED practices, all agree that patient boarding is the culprit. The good news is that there a number of practical steps EDs and hospitals can take to alleviate at least some of the problem, most of which we touched on briefly."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • ACEP. (2008, July 25). Emergency department crowding: High-impact solutions. Retrieved September 18, 2009, from American College of Emergency Physicians: http://www.acep.org/workarea/downloadasset.aspx?id=37960
  • ACEP 3. (2006, September). Approaching full capacity in the Emergency Department. Retrieved October 9, 2009, from American College of Emergency Physicians: http://www.acep.org/workarea/downloadasset.aspx?id=8852
  • American Hospital Association (AHA). (1999). Hospital statistics. Health Forum. Chicago, IL: AHA.
  • Bachenheimer, E. (2008, December 4). A necessity, not an option: Rethinking ED systems.Retrieved September 11, 2009, from Health Leaders Media: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content/225297/topic/WS_HLM2_QUA/A-Necessity- Not-an-Option-Rethinking-ED-Systems.html
  • Bernstein, R. (2008, April 16). Finding the root causes of emergency room overcrowding. Retrieved October 8, 2009, from Productivity Press:http://leaninsider.productivitypress.com/2008/04/finding-root-causes-of-emergency-room.html

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