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Survey: Psychiatric patients wait the longest in emergency rooms

from The Washignton Post

The situation wasn’t unusual for Stanford, California, emergency physician Suzanne Lippert: The patient before her was a woman in her 60s suffering from severe depression, who said she had a plan to take her own life. The problem for Lippert: No inpatient bed was immediately available, so the woman would have to temporarily wait in the Stanford Hospital emergency room as a “boarder.” more


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