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ER crowding may spur PTSD symptoms in heart patients: study
Modern Healthcare

A crowded emergency department may be causing problems beyond the logistics of triaging and treating those patients. It may be causing new medical conditions for some patients that lead to readmission or death, researchers found. The chaos of a crowded ED may be giving heart-attack patients symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, which in turn may lead to more heart attacks or other problems, according to a research letter published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.