[Whitepaper] Solving the psychiatric care crisis starts in the ED
The growing number of patients presenting to hospitals with behavioral health emergencies represents a major challenge for emergency departments. The struggle to address the crisis in emergency psychiatry impacts patient safety, quality of care, hospital efficiency, and the bottom line.
Industry leaders agree, early intervention is critical. Since the vast majority of psychiatric emergencies resolve within 24 hours, hospitals can prevent unnecessary admission and enhance care by shifting to earlier intervention in the ED. The sooner a patient is evaluated and treated, the better their chances of preventing hospitalization and the sooner they begin healing.
This paper shows how hospital leaders are using innovative acute psychiatric care delivery to:
- Enhance patient care
- Increase ED efficiency by minimizing boarding
- Reduce patient wait times
- Prevent unnecessary admissions