Over Crowding in Emergency Departments Term Paper by Nicky

Over Crowding in Emergency Departments
A look at the impact of overcrowding in hospital emergency departments.
# 148641 | 1,584 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 28, 2011 in Business (Administration) , Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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This paper gives an analysis of the issues involved in hospital emergency departments when overcrowding of patients occurs. First, it describes the problem, citing relevant statistics. Then, it proposes a plan for addressing this issue. Various experts in the field of hospital administration are cited to validate the suggestions that are offered. Next, the paper notes barriers to implementing a plan for overcrowding in emergency department. The paper concludes with suggestions for overcoming these barriers and successfully implementing a plan.


Analysis of the Problem
Proposed Plan for Addressing this Problem
Possible Barriers to Implementing your Plan
Recommendations for Overcoming these Barriers

From the Paper:

"Use of ED for non-urgent condition also constitute a major barrier because of the net effect of slack managed care, large scale patient protection regulation and lower accessibility to PCPs give inducement for patients to use the ED for non-urgent conditions as well. A considerable number of ED patients could be consulted and treated in primary care environments which could help in alleviating overcrowding of EDs. Indeed, some patients who are insured are able to avoid co-pay completely by visiting the ED in place of a PCP. Some of the hospitals and health plans have designed charges and co-pays for ED use."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ardagh, Michael; Richardson, Sandra. (2004) "Emergency department overcrowding- can be fix it" Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association, vol. 117, no. 1189, pp: 27-31.
  • Brewster, Linda R; Rudell, Liza; Lesser, Cara S. (2001) "Emergency Room Diversions: A Symptom of Hospitals under Stress-Increased Demand for ER Services" Center for Studying Health System Change. Issue Brief No. 38. Retrieved May, 2009 from http://www.hschange.com/CONTENT/312/
  • Cameron, Peter. A. (2006) "Hospital overcrowding: a threat to patient safety" The Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 184, no. 5, pp: 203-204.
  • N. A. (2002) "Emergency department overcrowding challenges hospitals - Update-Brief Article" Healthcare Financial Management, Retrieved May, 2009 from http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3257/is_6_56/ai_87428173/
  • Shactman, David; Altman, Stuart H. (2002) "Utilization and Overcrowding of Hospital Emergency Departments" Council on the Economic Impact of Health System Change. Retrieved May, 2009 from http://council.brandeis.edu/pubs/ShactmanED.pdf

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