Sunday, July 27, 2008

Some psych patients wait days in hospital ERs

MH patient dies while waiting for crisis services in psychiatric emergency room: (from
NEW YORK - When staffers at a Brooklyn hospital spotted a middle-aged woman lying face-down on a waiting room floor last month, it hardly seemed like cause for alarm.
The sight, after all, was common in the psychiatric emergency room at Kings County Hospital Center. The unit is so routinely backed up with people waiting hours, or even days, for services that patients often spend the night nodding in chairs or sprawled in a corner.
It took an hour before a nurse realized the prone woman was in trouble. By then, she was dead.
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