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Pelikan M, Finney RE, Jacob A. AANA J. 2023;91(5):371-379.
Cohen JB. APSF Newsletter. 2023;38(10):93-95.
A 42-year-old man with a history of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol use disorder and anxiety disorder, was seen in the emergency department (ED) after a high-risk suicide attempt by hanging. The patient was agitated and attempted to escape from the ED while on an involuntary psychiatric commitment. The ED staff treated him as a “routine boarder” awaiting an inpatient bed, with insufficiently robust behavioral monitoring.
Yurkiewicz I. New York, NY: WW Norton & Company, Inc; 2023. ISBN: 9780393881196.
This case describes an older adult patient with generalized abdominal pain who was eventually diagnosed with inoperable bowel necrosis. Although she appeared well and had stable vital signs, triage was delayed due to emergency department (ED) crowding, which is usually a result of hospital crowding. She was under-triaged and waited three hours before any diagnostic studies or interventions commenced. Once she was placed on a hallway gurney laboratory and imaging studies proceeded hastily.
Desjardins L. PBS NewsHour. August 29, 2023.
West S. KFF Health News. August 24, 2023.