America’s emergency rooms: a dangerous place

Despite astonishing technology and armies of skilled physicians who routinely save people who would not have made it a generation ago, America’s emergency rooms are dangerous because there are not enough doctors or technology to go around. A recent Parade magazine article explored why America’s emergency rooms are so dangerous and determined that the main culprit is the chaos in an E.R. The emergency rooms are overburdened and under-funded, treating ever more patients with ever fewer resources.

The hospitals lack beds, but patients keep coming, waits increase, and the opportunity for medical malpractice increases. Emergency rooms are so crowded that 500,000 ambulances every year are diverted to other hospitals.

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