Emergency Room Physicians Say Psychiatric Patients Can Wait Long Hours, Days for Inpatient Bed

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Emergency Room Physicians Say Psychiatric Patients Can Wait Long Hours, Days for Inpatient Bed

An online survey of 1,176 emergency room physicians released in October captures the difficulty for psychiatric patients in receiving much-needed inpatient care, according to MedPage Today.

Many of these patients wait long hours – even days – for an inpatient psychiatric bed, according to the survey. It also stated that up to three quarters of physician respondents report seeing psychiatric patients waiting on every shift.

More than 10 percent of the respondents in the survey also reported seeing six to 10 patients waiting for inpatient psychiatric care during their last shift.

The findings were reported at the American College of Emergency Physicians annual meeting.

Dr. Steven Lipsky

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