Monday, May 19, 2008
Emergency rooms overcrowded
Overcrowding in the city's emergency rooms has become so acute that ambulances are steered elsewhere and patients warehoused for hours in what doctors say is a deadly wait for beds.
In a survey of 425 ER doctors in New York last year, 69 percent said they had personally experienced a patient suffering harm because there was no hospital bed available and the patient was held in the ER. And 28 percent said a patient died as a result.
The city's ERs were so full between January and March that most of them spent time on "diversion" - when hospitals ask ambulances to stay away because their ERs are so overcrowded. City ERs were on diversion a total of 5,600 hours - a 77 percent increase over the same period last year, a Post investigation found.
TERRIFYING 'STAT!' ER OVERSTUFFING IS FATAL