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ACEP Chief Rails Against ED Diversions, Scheduling



Sandra Schneider, MD, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a working emergency department physician is passionate about the need for process changes in the ED "because I'm the one who has to watch patients die."



1 comments on "ACEP Chief Rails Against ED Diversions, Scheduling"
Sam Breneiser (6/16/2011 at 7:55 PM)

Thank you for the very good article on E D crowding and issues. Since the newsletter indicates you are in California, I am curious of you mentioned our legislated staffing ratios to Dr Schneider? Here in California hospitals are barred from the choice of flexibility the two of you advocate in the article. To that extent I think you missed an opportunity to point out that excessive health care regulation is also not the solution – it is not the "health care system" of the U.S. that [INVALID]d those regulations, it was very well meaning but deeply misguided legislators – the legal and political system - that imposed those rules here in California. I think your point was that in order to improve health care outcomes we all need to pull our heads out of our respective standard operating procedure boxes and engage in creative thinking to respond appropriately. I just don't agree that its solely the health care system causing the problem, nonetheless it is ours to clean up.