What happens when an emergency room encounters more patients than it can accommodate? MHA@GW, the online master of health administration offered through the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, created the below infographic to help explain why ER overcrowding happens and who it hurts. In addition to detailing some of the causes behind congestion in ER settings, the graphic also describes ways in which the problem affects care delivery and how we might alleviate overcrowding in the future.
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Article contributed by: Emily Newhook, Community Relations Manager for MHA@GW at The Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University
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Emily Newhook is an outreach coordinator for the MHA degree program from The George Washington University, MHA@GW. Outside of work, she enjoys writing and powerlifting. Follow Emily on Twitter @EmilyNewhook and Google+.