Friday, May 8, 2009
It makes for heartstopping TV drama: the ambulance screeching through dark streets, the patient arriving at the ER and being whisked inside under the frenzied but sure hands of doctors and nurses. In the real world, a trip to the ER is often less enthralling and can entail long wait times and lots of folks with non-urgent runny noses. Though the emergency medical system strives to be a well-oiled machine, underfunding and overcrowding can lead to mistakes & inefficiency. Join us on Friday when we'll talk about the unique challenges of emergency medicine, and how providers overcome them. Photo by Joel Neild.