Overtaxed US emergency care system needs reorganisationBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7556.1468-a (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1468
- Nellie Bristol
- Washington, DC
The underfunded, overburdened, and disorganised emergency care system in the United States is barely capable of caring for its daily volume of patients and would be overwhelmed by a mass casualty event. This is a conclusion of the US Institute of Medicine given in a series of studies released last week in Washington, DC.
Although most Americans expect and get appropriate emergency care, “what the public perceives and what is …