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Testing Patients’ Patience

Posted Friday, January 18, 2008

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Emergency rooms are at the breaking point. Too many patients and too few beds mean longer waits for everyone. A new report shows the delay in medical care is putting lives at risk. A Harvard study shows the average wait for emergency room care is 30 minutes. From 1997 to 2004 the median wait for a patient having a heart attack increased from 8 to 20 minutes, and a quarter of heart attack patients wait 50 minutes or longer. Those are critical moments that could save a life. The study also found that blacks, Hispanics and women wait even longer. How long should patients need to be patient? We'll take a look at the changing face of emergency medicine Friday morning at nine on the Sound of Ideas.



Carol A. Santalucia, M.B.A, Director of World Class Service, Division of Nursing, Cleveland Clinic Foundation & Founder, Carmella Rose Women’s Health Foundation
Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School & Co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program
Dr. Charles Emermen, Chairperson, Department of Emergency Medicine, MetroHealth & Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Lynn Scarborough, Take Care Health, Lead Nurse Practitioner

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