Originally posted on July 15, 2014
By Emily Newhook
In 2010, more than 130 million Americans visited the emergency room. Most of them waited hours to be seen by a medical professional, and even longer to be admitted to the hospital or discharged. But long wait times are symptomatic of a much bigger, systemic problem: emergency room overcrowding has been shown to increase mortality rates, compromise quality of care and strain budgets for patients and providers alike.
MHA@GW, the online MHA degree program offered through the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, created this infographic to clarify the causes and consequences of overburdened emergency rooms, and to explore possible solutions to the problem.
Emily Newhook is the community relations manager for the online MHA program (MHA@GW) and the online master of public health (MPH@GW) offered through the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. She is passionate about all aspects of health, from political and clinical issues to public health and general wellbeing topics. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyNewhook.