One ER patient’s tragic story One ER patient’s tragic story
During the past eight months, Georgia Health News and WebMD have investigated violations of a longstanding federal law on emergency room care. Our investigation... One ER patient’s tragic story

During the past eight months, Georgia Health News and WebMD have investigated violations of a longstanding federal law on emergency room care.

Our investigation found that over a 27-month period, about 1 in 7 of these ER violations involved patients who were having a mental health crisis, including having suicidal thoughts.

Many patients battling mental illness did not get adequate services at ERs under standards established by the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, or EMTALA, our investigation showed.

The consequences of these failures can be tragic. Here’s a video produced by WebMD about a Wisconsin man who had bipolar disorder, and arrived at a local emergency room seeking treatment. (Click below photo to view video)

 

 

 


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Andy Miller

Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News

  • South Franklin

    December 11, 2018 #1 Author

    Where is the video? It is not showing.

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    • Andy Miller

      December 12, 2018 #2 Author

      It’s on the photo below the story. Click the photo. Let me know if you can’t see it still….
      Andy

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