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Crit Care. 2005 Jun;9(3):291-5. Epub 2004 Oct 14.

Clinical review: Emergency department overcrowding and the potential impact on the critically ill.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, New Jersey, USA. cowan-robert@cooperhealth.edu

Abstract

Critical care constitutes a significant and growing proportion of the practice of emergency medicine. Emergency department (ED) overcrowding in the USA represents an emerging threat to patient safety and could have a significant impact on the critically ill. This review describes the causes and effects of ED overcrowding; explores the potential impact that ED overcrowding has on care of the critically ill ED patient; and identifies possible solutions, focusing on ED based critical care.

PMID:
15987383
PMCID:
PMC1175862
DOI:
10.1186/cc2981
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