Changes in the use of emergency services
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Changes in the use of emergency services

Janice Yoder St Martin Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Consultants Inc
Frank Cole Professor of Nursing and Division Head of Emergency Care, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Nursing, Houston, Texas

JANICE YODER ST MARTIN and FRANK COLE share the results of a novel study which looked at patient populations to determine how the services in a new emergency department were being used

Although once reserved for the seriously ill (Clancy and Eisenberg 1997), the emergency department (ED) has evolved as the principal provider of primary care with 40 per cent to 50 per cent of patients seeking care that does not require ED services (O’Brien et al 1997; Kellermann 1994). Factors that influence ED use include 24-hour-per-day availability and federal requirements that permit access to emergency assistance for all people (Clancy and Eisenberg 1997; Young and Sklar 1995).

Emergency Nurse. 10, 1, 25-29. doi: 10.7748/en2002.

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