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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Ed Administration

Financial Impact of Emergency Department Crowding

The economic benefits of reducing emergency department (ED) crowding are potentially substantial as they may decrease hospital length of stay. Hospital administrators and public officials may therefore be motivated to implement crowding protocols. We sought to identify a potential cost of ED crowding by evaluating the contribution of excess ED length of stay (LOS) to overall hospital length of stay.

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Contact Information

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


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

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.