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Officials seeking explanations for long ER delays

After more than 20 people rushed into an emergency room to face the unthinkable sign saying “closed,” officials in charge of emergency medical services are striving to keep that from reoccurring. A task force suggested a series of recommendations for how one state’s ERs can be made more effective.

Because of staffing shortages, emergency rooms often are not able to see all of the patients that need to be seen and are often a dangerous place. The long periods of delay may also be the cause of medical malpractice.

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