By: Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA
If you have an emergency, you assume that your 911 services and ER will be ready to take care of you, right?
Maybe not. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) released their "2014 Emergency Medicine Report Card" and the U.S. as a whole got a grade that you wouldn't bring home to Mom -- a D+. One important distinction -- this was NOT a grade of ERs and ER doctors, but instead an evaluation of how well the country supports emergency care.
When you need to go to the ER, having a good ER doctor is crucial. But just as crucial is the state and federal "infrastructure" needed to maintain emergency rooms for true emergencies. As an ER doctor, I can and do treat the elderly lady sick with pneumonia because she was unable to get a vaccine, or the man whose leg infection became severe because he was unable to see an outpatient doctor. I also see the pedestrian struck by a vehicle at an unsafe intersection -- an accident that could haveRead More »from What You Should Know About Your ER