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ER overcrowding tied to higher death rate: study
Modern Physician

Overcrowding at emergency departments is a serious patient-safety issue and must be made a public health priority, conclude the authors of a study published this week in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Patients at overcrowded emergency departments were 5% more likely to die as compared with patients cared for at less-crowded EDs, according to the study’s researchers. The researchers measured overcrowding using ambulance diversion—the practice of hospitals closing emergency rooms to ambulances because they are too busy to accept new patients.