EDs Face Influx of Nonurgent Patients - RAD427E

EDs Face Influx of Nonurgent Patients

by Susanne J. Pavlovich-Danis, MSN, RN, ARNP-C, CDE, CRRN
(4.6 / 87 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Radiologic Technology (0.50 CE Credit)

Price: $7.00
CE-PRO Price: $3.50


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. Fifty percent of urban hospitals and 38% of all hospitals reported that their EDs were at or over capacity in 2010. 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 increase healthcare providers’ 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 settings

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, EMT/paramedics, health educators, imaging and radiation therapists and respiratory therapists.
Imaging and radiation therapist: 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. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
This activity is approved for credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 4/23/2019 to 5/1/2022.
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.

Course Originally Released on: 3/12/2007
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/21/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC 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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Leilani H - Houston, TX  ·  May 28, 2020
this course was very informative.
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Aimee S - Riverview, FL  ·  May 13, 2020
A good module very informative.
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Tiffany C - Austin, TX  ·  May 02, 2020
Great and informative course.
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Victoria M - Houston, TX  ·  Apr 23, 2020
always knew the ED was well overused for non-emergent issues... but this shed a new light about how frequent it really is not used properly
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Matt W - Marion , IN  ·  Apr 20, 2020
interesting read on the influx of non-urgent patients
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