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Minor eye problems overburdening emergency departments

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

Despite limited resources, emergency departments face ever-increasing demand to provide effective clinical care. Overburdening EDs with minor eye problems is a growing issue. From 2006 to 2011, a study reported 11,929,955 ED visits for eye problems across the U.S., and nearly half of these visits (44.3 percent) were categorized as nonemergent. In a new study, researchers reported that 1 in 4 people who visit the ED for eye problems have mild conditions. more

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