Rise in ED crowding tied to sicker patients needing more tests

Every year, more patients go to emergency departments. The growing severity of the medical problems that bring them there means that it takes longer for emergency physicians to diagnose and treat them using interventions such as advanced medical imaging and intravenous fluids.

All of this has added up to increased crowding that delays care and can harm patients entering an ED’s doors.

My latest front-page story. Read the whole shebang.