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Psychiatric Patients Often Wait Nearly 12 Hours in ER
Date:5/4/2012

e ER than these other groups, according to researchers.

"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, has 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."

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The American College of Emergency Physicians has more about emergency department waiting times.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Annals of Emergency Medicine, news release, May 2, 2012


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