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Report card: U.S. emergency care failing

Hospital Safety Insider, April 10, 2014

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Emergency care in the United States is just barely getting a passing grade, according to a national watchdog group, and it's not on track to improve, either.
 
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), an Irving, Texas-based patient care advocate for quality emergency care, released its most recent report card assessing the country's quality of and access to emergency care. Overall, the emergency care outlook in the U.S. received a D+, a near-failing grade.
 
"This report card is saying that the nation's policies are failing to support emergency patients," says Alex Rosenau, MD, DO, FACEP, ACEP's president.
 
ACEP releases a report card every five years on the status of the country's quality and access to emergency care.
 
This is an excerpt from an article in the April issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety. Visit here to log in or subscribe.



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