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Longer Waits For Emeregency Care Coming, Physicians Say
Health Leaders Media

A report detailing record-long waits at the nation’s emergency departments comes as no surprise to emergency physicians, who say waits will lengthen as health coverage expands, emergency departments close, and hospitals fail to improve admitting processes.

Angela Gardner, MD, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, says the average four-hours-and-seven-minutes average wait at the nation’s EDs—detailed in Press Ganey’s 2010 Emergency Department Pulse Report: Patient Perspectives on American Health Care— threatens patient safety.

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