Lack of inpatient beds, nursing shortages, slow lab turnarounds and flu season can all contribute to overcrowding and long wait times in hospital emergency departments. Many factors can lead to ED backups, says Dr. Richard Schwartz, chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Georgia Regents University in Augusta.... Read more
Misuse of emergency rooms: A costly but avoidable error
A sudden ache or illness is troubling at the best of times. And if you can’t get in to see your primary care provider — or don’t have one — the situation can be worse still. At such times, many people turn to the emergency department (ED) at the... Read more

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