This cohort of patients admitted with ACS found those patients that were admitted at the time of higher admission density (a surrogate for ED crowding) were more likely to suffer from higher PTSD scores 1 month after discharge, compared to those admitted during lower admission density. More research is needed to determine the effects of crowding on patients, and how to relieve any ill effects (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.