“When patients with behavioral health needs are boarding in the emergency department it creates longer wait times for all patients.”
CLEVELAND (PRWEB) October 24, 2017
In June, 631 behavioral health patients in Cuyahoga County awaited an inpatient psych bed, according to a 30-day study released by The Center for Health Affairs.
The study, Behavioral Health Patients Utilizing Acute Care Services in Cuyahoga County, was conducted from June 1 through June 30 to collect information on behavioral health patients (psychiatric and addictions) utilizing acute care services (emergency departments and inpatient psychiatry/addictions services) across five hospital systems in Cuyahoga County. It revealed…
- 778 patients in emergency departments
- 167 patients in medical beds
- 631 patients awaiting an inpatient psych bed
- 288 patients with a primary alcohol or other drug diagnosis
Seventy two percent of the reported behavioral health patients were appropriate for a lower level of care versus an inpatient admission.
“Over the past few years this has been a reoccurring topic of discussion among our Behavioral Health RoundTable of Cuyahoga County,” said Pam Waite, MSN, RN-BC, MHSA, director of Healthcare Workforce and NEONI operations, The Center for Health Affairs. “When patients with behavioral health needs are boarding in the emergency department it creates longer wait times for all patients and when boarding on medical units it challenges staff who are not familiar in working with behavioral health patients and presents a risk to quality, safe and therapeutic care for all patients”
With a rich history as the Northeast Ohio hospital association, dating back to 1916, The Center for Health Affairs serves as the collective voice of hospitals and the source for Northeast Ohio hospital and healthcare information. As the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, The Center aims to enhance the effectiveness of the healthcare community and the health of the communities it serves by providing expertise, resources and solutions to address the challenges faced by the region’s healthcare providers. The Center’s efforts focus on areas that benefit member hospitals from a regional approach, including healthcare workforce; emergency preparedness; public policy and advocacy; finance and reimbursement; and community initiatives. And because of its business affiliation with CHAMPS Healthcare, The Center has the resources to provide a broad level of professional services to its members. The Center, located in downtown Cleveland, is proud to advocate on behalf of more than 35 acute-care hospitals located in six counties. For more, visit neohospitals.org. The Center for Health Affairs is honored to be named as one of The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces in 2014 and 2015, as well as to ERC’s NorthCoast99 List in 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.