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Study: Emergency Rooms at ‘Breaking Point’

The Institute of Medicine released three reports Wednesday on emergency medical care in the United States. The reports describe a system working far past capacity and plagued by long waits and serious crowding. Dr. Patrick O’Neal in Atlanta knows the problems firsthand. He is medical director of Georgia’s Emergency Medical Services office. Several years ago, he was in an ambulance carrying a child who had lost consciousness after a bad fall. O’Neal was anxious. A bleed within the brain would require immediate treatment, but he couldn’t get into the nearby emergency room. Full Story

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