Amidst the ballooning mental health crisis that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency department clinicians face an uphill battle when caring for patients experiencing acute psychiatric crises. With some hospital systems still straining under the weight of COVID care, finding space and resources for inpatient care is becoming increasingly fraught.
According to Health Afffairs Pathways “In today’s episode, Avni Kulkarni and Sania Ali head to the emergency department (ED) to learn how our nation’s safety net is struggling to keep up with the increasing demand for emergency psychiatric treatment. They learn about the boarding crisis through the lens of a clinician discussing how they decide which patients need inpatient admission and what tools they can use to treat mental health crises.”
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(Source: Health Affairs Pathways, March, 16th, 2022)