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Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Patients having psychiatric emergencies wait 11.5 hours in the emergency department, and those who are older, uninsured or intoxicated wait even longer, according to a study published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Patient and Practice-Related Determinants of Emergency Department Length of Stay for Patients with Psychiatric Illness.
Overall, these patients wait approximately 42 percent longer in the ER than other emergency patients.
“Although we did not see differences between patients who were publicly and privately insured, patients without insurance spent four more hours in the ER than these other groups,” said lead study author Anthony Weiss of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “These patients are waiting the longest for care, and shrinking resources are having a disproportionate effect on these very vulnerable people.”
Researchers analyzed records for 1,092 adults with psychiatric emergencies. Patients discharged home spent an average of 8.6 hours in the emergency department, while patients admitted to a psychiatric unit within the hospital stayed 11 hours. Patients transferred to an outside unit within the local health care system stayed 12.9 hours and those transferred to a facility outside the local health care system stayed 15 hours.
Younger patients waited less than older patients: in the 18 to 39-year-old group, the average length of stay was 10.7 hours, but patients older than 60 spent 12.6 hours in the emergency department. One-third of the patients tested positive for alcohol and these patients had average stays in the emergency department of 14.5 hours.
“Between 2000 and 2007, psychiatric visits to ERs grew by 231 percent,” Weiss said. “This increase in volume, when combined with fewer resources outside the ER, have led to a real crisis for this population. Long waits for care aren't good for anyone but they are especially harmful to patients in psychiatric distress.”
Annals of Emergency Medicine is the peer-reviewed scientific journal for the American College of Emergency Physicians, the national medical society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research, and public education.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.
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