Recent research studies have indicated a compelling case where people in the medical department will be interested to know. According to several research studies, people are currently choosing to seek medical attention in the emergency room for medical issues that are considered non-urgent. In Florida, the situation is increasing such that it is attracting attention from several media houses and interested research organizations. This has resulted in a significant level of healthcare challenges in Florida and other states in the United States in general: The misuse of the emergency room for non-urgent medical cases.
Dr Eric Forsthoefel who has been working in the emergency department for several years has highlighted some significant information about this challenge that is facing the healthcare environment. According to his findings, the number of people choosing to get their medical attention in the emergency room seems to be increasing, as compared to what was happening in the early 1990s. It is being argued that a disconnect between patients and the primary health care providers has been the main reason as to why many individuals have been to seek medication in the emergency room rather than following the conventional channels.
Dr Eric Forsthoefel continues to highlight that the trend is likely to increase because the research studies conducted by several healthcare journals have highlighted the same. Moreover, the pattern is also being reported in other states around the country as a matter of concern. What makes it more worrying is that the resources that have been set aside to cater for people with emergency conditions are being used to serve people who do not need such services. You will find that nurses, technicians, and physicians who are supposed to be attending an emergency case are forced to participate in a situation that is not urgent.
Resources are scarce in most healthcare facilities which means that they should be used for the right purpose. Using the resources of the emergency department to cater to the health needs of someone who needs the services of an emergency room without justifications is a misappropriation of funds. Dr Eric Forsthoefel continues to highlight that it has reached to a point where it is very much demanding for the emergency department because they are handling issues that are supposed to be controlled by the primary caregivers. The resources are highly stretched, and unless something new is introduced, emergency rooms will be converted to primary caregivers within no time.
According to the research study conducted by Dr Eric Forsthoefel and other medical professionals who have experience in emergency medical situations, several reasons make people seek non-urgent medical cases in the emergency room. Time is one of the main factors that make individuals, both with high and low income to find medical attention in the emergency rooms. They believe that one can only get an appointment from the primary caregiver after twenty-four hours while one will get an appointment immediately in the emergency department. To reverse the trend, the number of specialists working in the principal health care department deeds to be increased to lower the waiting period.