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ERs face a new urgency

Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2009
As emergency room visits in the United States have ticked steadily upward, reaching 119.2 million annually, waiting for treatment has become a central feature of emergency-department care. Patients spend an average of 3.3 hours to be seen, treated and discharged, according to a 2006 report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.