-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Nov. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of U.S.
emergency department directors say they don't have adequate on-call
trauma surgeon coverage and nearly one-quarter say their hospital's
trauma center designation has been downgraded or lost, a new survey
The poll also found that:
The findings are published online and in the December print
issue of the journal
Academic Emergency Medicine.
"Without adequate on-call surgical coverage, our health care system cannot provide for emergency and trauma patients," lead author Dr. Mitesh Rao, of the emergency medicine department at Yale University, said in a journal news release. "Twenty-one percent of emergency department deaths and permanent injury can be linked to shortages in specialty physician care. Transferring patients significant distances to an available specialist is sometimes the only option, but it can create a dangerous delay in care."
The survey findings highlight a major threat to the emergency
medical care system, according to Dr. Sandra Schneider, president
of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
The American College of Emergency Physicians outlines
things patients need to know.
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