Warning of Surge of Patients in Emergency Rooms


American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) claims there is a surge of patients in emergency rooms. All of them require an inpatient bed or other care, which is leading to a crisis.

ACEP has more than thirty medical, inpatient advocacy, public health, and safety groups. They have also sent a letter to the White House, asking them to work on long-term and immediate solutions. Moreover, according to them, the problem is urgent because the US emergency rooms are dealing with a tripledemic of respiratory diseases. They include COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Dubbed Boarding

The issue with dubbed “boarding” is that a tremendous number of patients are waiting to be seen by the emergency doctors, for being admitted to the hospital, and to be back to their nursing home. Moreover, some also want a transfer to a psychiatric home, skilled nursing, or specialized facilities.

Dr. Christopher Kang, ACEP president said,

Boarding has been an unresolved, systemic challenge for decades, but it’s currently at a level that we’ve never seen,

In a news release, he said,

Patients with nowhere else to go are being held in emergency departments for days, weeks, or even months in some cases,

Boarding is straining our system, accelerating emergency physician burnout, and putting patients’ lives at risk.

More than 100 Stories

More than hundred stories were collected from the emergency physicians by ACEP. The stories were collected all over the US for illustrating the severe consequences of boarding on ER care teams and their patients.

Moreover, it is seen that patients deteriorate while waiting to be consulted and sometimes even die based on ACEP’s findings.

Hence, collective action is being taken by the team to help emergency departments, addressing their crisis.

The letter to White House asked,

If the system is already this strained during our ‘new normal,’ how will emergency departments be able to cope with a sudden surge of patients from a natural disaster, school shooting, mass casualty traffic event or disease outbreak?


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