Whether you’re suffering from a bad flu or a life-threatening injury, a trip to the emergency room is always a scary prospect. But what happens when an ER must treat more patients than it can suppo...
rt? Though annual ER visits in the U.S. grew by 34 percent between 1995 and 2010, the number of hospitals with emergency rooms has declined by 11 percent. From endless wait times to astronomical medical costs, overcrowding can harm patients and put pressure on providers and administrators when efficient, high-quality care matters most.
MHA@GW, a new Master of Health Administration from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, created this infographic to demonstrate the impact of overcrowding on U.S. emergency rooms. The graphic investigates some of the underlying causes of overburdened ERs, examines the impact on care delivery and explores proposed solutions to the problem of overcrowding.
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