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Emergency departments a 'dumping ground' for psych patients

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Dwindling mental health resources are turning the nation's emergency departments (EDs) into a "dumping ground" for psychiatric emergencies, including those involving children. Results of a poll of more than 1700 emergency physicians conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) reveals that almost one quarter of ED physicians (21 percent) reported they have psychiatric patients waiting in the ED for 2 to 5 days for in-patient beds. more

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