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
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, health educators, radiologic technologists and respiratory therapists.
Radiologic Technologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
This activity is approved for Category A continuing education credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 8/1/2013 to 9/1/2017.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.
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