EDs Face Influx of Nonurgent Patients - CHES427

EDs Face Influx of Nonurgent Patients

by Susanne J. Pavlovich-Danis, MSN, RN, ARNP-C, CDE, CRRN
(4.3 / 10 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.00 CECH)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


The demand for ED care is at an all-time high, yet the number of EDs continues to decline nationwide. ED overcrowding is a problem with hospitalwide implications. EDs that are at capacity often have patients who wait hours or even days to be fully admitted to a care unit. Sixty-five percent of urban hospitals and 47% of all hospitals reported that their EDs were at or over capacity in 2007. Most people seek care in the ED for an acute injury or illness. But many people seek care in the ED for acute exacerbations of poorly managed chronic illness, such as diabetes, or for management of a chronic illness in the absence of an acute problem, such as for blood pressure control and cardiac or asthma medication refills. In fact, the ED has become the largest provider of unscheduled primary care visits, seriously stressing the healthcare safety net.


The goal of this program is to update nurses’, health educators’, radiologic technologists’ and respiratory therapists’ knowledge of acute and chronic care provided in the ED. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain the reasons for the increase in patients who seek chronic care in the ED
  • Identify common disorders of patients who seek chronic care in the ED
  • Describe how chronic care in the emergency setting differs from that in traditional primary care

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, EMTs/paramedics, health educators, radiologic technologists and respiratory therapists.
Health Educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.continuingeducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at lms.nurse.com and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

Course Originally Released on: 4/16/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/16/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/16/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Jean G - Carlock, IL  ·  Feb 23, 2016
good overview of subject
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KIMBRLY H - Drexel Hill, PA  ·  Jul 29, 2015
Good course, provided clarification on high use of ED
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Joann B - Clackamas, OR  ·  Jul 11, 2015
Our co pays our rising for ER visits. Most likely to try to deter unnecessary visits.
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Alice P - Lakeland, FL  ·  Jan 03, 2014
Understanding the myths and half-truths about our healthcare system today is important for anyone - whether working in the system or not - (but a registered voter!)
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Deanna S - Gresham , OR  ·  Aug 04, 2013
Gave me a good understanding of specific barriers to care and why people utilize the ED for ongoing Primary care
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00