COVID-19 Impact

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Journal Article
Study

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Emergency Department visits and patient safety in the United States.

Boserup B, McKenney M, Elkbuli A. Am J Emerg Med. 2020;38(9):1732-1736.

Using data from the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, this study assessed changes in Emergency Department (ED) visits due to COVID-19. The average number of ED visits during a four-week period at the height of the pandemic was significantly less than in the four weeks prior to the pandemic. Patient education efforts should focus on the importance of prompt medical intervention for acute conditions (such as stroke or heart attack) and telehealth services for non-acute conditions.