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Obamacare could reverse long trend of uncompensated care in ERs

Emergency departments, which have suffered shortfalls in reimbursement for decades due to the high rate of uninsurance in the United States, may begin receiving...

Want to be safe? Move to the City. No, really.

Large cities in the U.S. are significantly safer than their rural counterparts, with the risk of injury death more than 20 percent higher in...

Seniors Are Not Just Wrinkly Adults; Have Special Needs in ER

Emergency patients over the age of 74 have significantly different and more complex health and social needs than their younger counterparts, even after controlling...

Reducing the number of walk-in patients won't help ER overcrowding

On any given day, hospitals divert ambulances as much as 40 per cent of the time due to overcrowding in their emergency departments - but reducing the volume of walk-in patients with minor illnesses will not alleviate the problem, says a new study by U of T researchers. "There is much speculation about the causes of overcrowding and ambulance diversion, but little research has actually been done on this issue," says Dr. Michael Schull, assistant professor in emergency medicine at U of T and emergency department physician at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre. "We felt it was important to examine the problem in a more systematic way, so we looked at the experience of Sunnybrook and Women's emergency department over a one-year period."

Study: ER could be front line for stroke prevention

The emergency room may be a prime location for stroke prevention, as well as stroke treatment, a new study finds. That's because patients with a high stroke risk due to heart rhythm problems are likely to turn up at the ER for symptoms of their irregular heartbeat, giving doctors a chance to make sure they're on the best drugs to prevent a stroke.

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