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'What Works' to reduce ER wait times

This week we'll be bringing you stories from our continuing "What Works" series; reports which spotlight ideas or innovations that are solving various problems in communities across the country. Good news! And better news; these solutions are often adaptable (if it works in Keokuk, Iowa, it could work in Katonah, N.Y.... you get the idea). Tonight's story offers a solution to a problem we've reported on in the past and which just seems to keep getting worse: the long, looooong waiting time in hospital emergency rooms. You're sick or injured, you need a doctor, but so do the other 75 sick or injured people there with you. People who study this kind of thing say the average length of time someone waits to see a doctor in the ER is more than three hours! And try that with a cranky infant or a squirming toddler. Tonight, correspondent Tom Costello and producer Jay Blackman report on "What Works" to reduce waiting time in the emergency room. Maybe it could work in your community?

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I think the longest time I have waited is 5 hours in a waiting room at our local hospital. And it was a total waste. The reason the hospitals are working hard at getting the down time fixed is because the wise people have figured them out and are going elsewhere. People don't want to have to wait anymore.

The Emergency Room gridlock will disappear only when we have adequate medical insurance for every man, woman & child in the United States; I don't know exactly how we will accomplish this. Also, we need to educate people about what constitutes a real emergency.

Your story on waiting times in the ER was no help at all other than compounding the obvious. ER medicine is socialized medicine with the poor and the uninsured clogging the waiting rooms because they cannot get into a primary care or dental office. The story may have been helpful if you gave examples of what really does work. All of us are held captive to those that use the ER as their primary care resource. I know because I have been treating ER patients for twenty of my twenty two years of practice in Emergency Medicine. There are more tangible changes that can be made if you ask those on the front line in the trenches and those inindated with the masses yearning for a quick fix to their malady weather real or imagined. I looked forward to your report with great anticipation in the hope a morsal of change may fall to the floor for us to use. However, I found the report to be like a cheetos crunchy with nothing but air in the middle. I in vite you to the Glens Falls Hospital ER in NY and see some real changes so you can witness "What Works" . Tony Mifsud VP NYSSPA

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