Challenges Emergency Medicine Is Facing

September 2, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified September 3, 2020

This article by HealtheCareers discusses how emergency departments are under strain, often serving as a safety net for patients and facing overcrowding. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), in our healthcare system, ED visits account for 11 percent of outpatient encounters, 28 percent of acute care visits, and 50 percent of hospital admissions. 

A survey published by the University of Maryland School of Medicine said that when Americans seek healthcare, nearly 50 percent head straight to the emergency room. While most of the time patients in the ED need to wait before being seen, they still know that a) it’s always open, b) no one will turn them away, and c) they can receive care with or without insurance.

Two of the biggest challenges emergency medicine is currently facing include overcrowding and patient boarding, and physician burnout. The experts in this article discuss these main issues and potential fixes.

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