Emergency medicine: stay at hospital or go home? This is a key decision that emergency medicine physician has to make for each patient.
What are decision rules to admit patients to the hospital or send a patient home? What are challenges facing Emergency Departments on better treatment of patients? How to deal with boarding and overcrowding in Emergency Department? Which patients should stay and which patients should go home? Emergency medicine: stay at hospital or go home. Video interview with top expert in Emergency Medicine. Significant problem in the US Emergency Medical services is overcrowding and boarding. Patients who are admitted to hospital cannot go to their service because there are not enough beds. Hospitals are trying to cope by faster inpatient discharges. Second opinion helps to make sure preliminary diagnosis is correct. Second opinion also helps to choose the best treatment for your medical condition before it becomes an emergency. Seek second opinion on your medical problem to avoid visit to Emergency Room later. There is a federal law in the US. It is called “EMTALA”. It says that Emergency Departments must accept all patients who seek medical care. This is great for access to medical care but it leads to Emergency Department overcrowding.