Olanrewaju A. Soremekun
International Paramedic Practice, Vol. 2, Iss. 1, 13 Mar 2012, pp 87 - 89

Emergency department (ED) overcrowding negatively impacts overall quality of care and limits emergency systems' capacity to effectively manage unanticipated surges in demand for medical care secondary to mass casualty incidents or pandemics (Bernstein et al, 2009; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2004). Given its pervasiveness across many emergency systems in the United States, ED overcrowding is now recognized as a key public health issue (Institute of Medicine, 2006).

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