Hospital-Based Emergency Care: At the Breaking Point
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Hospital-Based Emergency Care:
At the Breaking Point
(2007)
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Today our emergency care system faces an epidemic of crowded emergency departments, patients boarding in hallways waiting to be admitted, and daily ambulance diversions. Hospital-Based Emergency Care addresses the difficulty of balancing the roles of hospital-based emergency and trauma care, not simply urgent and lifesaving care, but also safety net care for uninsured patients, public health surveillance, disaster preparation, and adjunct care in the face of increasing patient volume and limited resources. This new book considers the multiple aspects to the emergency care system in the United States by exploring its strengths, limitations, and future challenges. The wide range of issues covered includes:

&#8226 The role and impact of the emergency department within the larger hospital and health care system.

&#8226 Patient flow and information technology.

&#8226 Workforce issues across multiple disciplines.

&#8226 Patient safety and the quality and efficiency of emergency care services.

&#8226 Basic, clinical, and health services research relevant to emergency care.

&#8226 Special challenges of emergency care in rural settings.

Hospital-Based Emergency Care is one of three books in the Future of Emergency Care series. This book will be of particular interest to emergency care providers, professional organizations, and policy makers looking to address the deficiencies in emergency care systems.

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  • Health and Medicine — Healthcare and Quality
  • Health and Medicine — Children's Health
  • Health and Medicine — Public Health and Prevention

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424 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-309-10173-8
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Institute of Medicine. Hospital-Based Emergency Care: At the Breaking Point. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2007.

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