If you follow CNN, you'll probably see this article titled, "How to get help in a hurry in the ER." Did you know that the average total waiting time in a U.S. emergency room in 2008 was four hours and three minutes, a 27-minute increase in nationwide average wait times since 2002?
What would you do if your spouse had a life-threatening emergency and you needed to grab someone's attention in the emergency room? Get the perspective from 4 different ER docs:
- Dr. Assaad Sayah, chief of emergency medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, Massachusetts
- Dr. Jesse Pines, assistant professor of emergency medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
- Dr. Joseph Guarisco, chief of emergency services at Ochsner Health System, Louisiana
- Dr. David Beiser, assistant professor of medicine, University of Chicago