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Emergency Department Access

Established and Novel Initiatives to Reduce Crowding in Emergency Departments

Introduction: We sought to determine the degree that ACEP-identified high-impact initiatives for ED crowding and vertical patient flow have been implemented in academic EDs in the United States (U.S.).
Conclusion: We found great variability in the extent academic EDs have implemented ACEP’s established high-impact ED crowding initiatives, yet most (70%) have adopted to some extent the novel initiative vertical patient flow.

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Injury Prevention

Systems Thinking in Injury Prevention: An Innovative Model for Informing State and Local Policies

  Author Affiliation Rachel Ferencik, MPA Georgia State University, Georgia Health Policy Center, Atlanta, GA Karen Minyard, PhD Georgia State University, Georgia Health Policy Center, Atlanta, GA Unintentional and violence-related injuries represent one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States and in the state of Georgia. In response to the […]

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Injury Prevention

Using Policy to Strengthen the Reach and Impact of Injury Prevention Efforts

  Author Affiliation Monica H. Swahn, PhD, MPH Georgia State University, Institute of Public Health, Atlanta, GA Abigail Hankin, MD, MPH Emory University, Department of Emergency Medicine, Atlanta, GA Debra Houry, MD, MPH Emory University, Department of Emergency Medicine, Atlanta, GA Injury prevention and control remains a key priority in public health and medicine. Across […]

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Approaching Injury and Violence Prevention through Public Health Policy: A Window of Opportunity to Renew Our Focus

  Author Affiliation Linda C. Degutis, DrPH, MSN Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Atlanta, GA As the new leader of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, I am thrilled by the opportunity to comment on the future direction […]

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WestJEM/ Department of Emergency Medicine
UC Irvine Health

333 The City Blvd. West, Rt 128-01
Suite 640
Orange, CA 92868, USA
Phone: 1-714-456-6389
Email: westjem@gmail.com

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ISSN: 1936-900X
e-ISSN: 1936-9018

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ISSN: 2474-252X

Our Philosophy

Emergency Medicine is a specialty which closely reflects societal challenges and consequences of public policy decisions. The emergency department specifically deals with social injustice, health and economic disparities, violence, substance abuse, and disaster preparedness and response. This journal focuses on how emergency care affects the health of the community and population, and conversely, how these societal challenges affect the composition of the patient population who seek care in the emergency department. The development of better systems to provide emergency care, including technology solutions, is critical to enhancing population health.