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The Majority of ER Doctors Say There’s a Drug Shortage

The Majority of ER Doctors Say There’s a Drug Shortage


Polling data collected earlier this year shows that drug shortages may be widespread in American emergency rooms. According to the data, 91% of emergency physicians report recently experiencing a drug shortage while 44% report that the hospital facilities at which they work are inadequately prepared for a high volume of patients during a disaster situation.

The survey took place from April 30 to May 7, and was completed by 24/7 emergency medicine doctors from around the country. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) released the results in late May. To read a full version of the report, please click here.

In a word, the results are alarming. Along with the staggering 91% of physicians reporting drug shortages, 36% of respondents also said that those drug shortages have negatively affected patient outcomes and responses. 97% said that their emergency department had been forced to use alternatives to medicine at one point or another in the face of a drug shortage.

The survey’s results also tell a harrowing tale of emergency un-preparedness among US emergency rooms and hospitals. 27% of respondents said their facility was “not completely” prepared for a major disaster that would bring in a surge of patients, while 17% said their facility was “not at all” ready. The ACEP hopes that by highlighting the gaps in emergency room disaster preparedness, they can promote real, legal change via Congress when it comes to regional approaches to resources.

Of course, drug shortages are not a new phenomenon in American emergency rooms. In fact, a fact sheet published a few years ago by the ACEP suggests drug shortages have been impacting emergency care for at least a decade and have been on a steady rise, increasing as much as 435 percent between 2008 and 2014. Naturally, these statistics might worry people who will likely find themselves needing treatment or medication in an emergency room someday. To forego the emergency room wait lines and potential drug shortages, consider a home visit instead. For more information or to set up an appointment, please give Doctor Housecalls of Paradise Valley a call at 480-948-0102, or visit our website.

Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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