Emerging From the Emergency Room Unscathed

Emergency Room Equipment

Now more than ever, if you need to be admitted to the hospital, there is a high likelihood that it will be through the emergency room.

By: Mark Lachs, MD,

Over my twenty-five-year medical career, the route by which people are admitted to the hospital for an overnight stay has subtly evolved in ways that most patients (and even many doctors) may not realize. Specifically, the proportion of patients who walk (or wheel) themselves through the hospital’s front door at their doctor’s recommendation and are whisked directly to a bed upstairs has declined precipitously. Conversely, the percentage of patients …

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