Pain Relief among Emergency Departments Which Are Crowded: Less Efficient

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Every day, there are many individuals who are going into emergency departments because they would like to consult something to their medical health care providers, but there are some instances wherein the availability of emergency departments cannot anymore accommodate the surplus in the number of patients who are visiting every day.

This now leads to overcrowding in emergency departments which is considered a problem that should be address with a specific solution in order to prevent additional stress among patients who are into the emergency departments. In fact, there have been reported studies which tackles about the detriments of having a crowded emergency department, and because of this, medical interventions rendered are becoming less efficient.

Recently, according to a new study, pain relief among emergency departments with overwhelming number of people is actually becoming less effective and efficient.

The new study which was published December in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine involved the analysis and examination of data gathered from about 1,229 patients who are actually receiving treatments for over a year already in the emergency department of an academic children’s hospital. The study focused on the effectiveness of pain relief of children who are suffering from fracture-related pain in crowded emergency departments.

The researchers of the study said that one of the most usual cases wherein pain intervention should be given is during the incidences of bone fractures in which the patient will for sure feel a great deal of pain. However, researchers also noted that in emergency departments where people tend to crowd, administration of pain medications become at stake, and for this matter, leaving those patients suffering from pain unresolved of the pain concerns.

In the analysis of data, the researchers found out that when crowding of people in the emergency department already reached 90th percentile, there were about 4 to 47 per cent of patients who were given care not on time. This means that care which can include administration of pain medications are delayed. Also, researchers found out that about 3 to 17 per cent of patients are receiving less effective care in crowded emergency departments.

Moreover, researchers found that patients were 4 to 47 percent less likely to receive timely care and 3 to 17 percent less likely to receive effective care when crowding was at the 90th rather than the 10th percentile. Findings were further supported by other studies which delved on crowded emergency departments.





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