The growing need for psychiatric EDs
from By Dorothy L. Tengler
In 2010, there were 129.8 million emergency department visits. However, not all of these visits were injury-related. A January 2012 American Hospital Association TrendWatch reported that there were more than 5 million visits to EDs by patients with a primary diagnosis of mental illness or a substance abuse disorder. Even more alarming, the rate of mental health visits has increased seven times more than overall ED visits. What is the answer? Communities need specially-designed psychiatric EDs.
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