Emergency departments are in a state of crisis, Halifax ER chief says – CTV

Jan. 13, 2023

HALIFAX – The head of emergency medicine for Halifax and the surrounding area says ERs are under the most extreme pressure that he’s seen in his 23-year career, and he says it’s taking a toll on patients and health-care workers.
Emergency medicine is in a state of “crisis” amid a shortage of nurses, physicians and hospital beds, and with a rise in patients with complex needs, Dr. Kirk Magee, chief of the central zone’s network of emergency departments, said in an interview Thursday.

“We all went into emergency medicine because we love to do it and we love a challenge — but we used to have the resources to meet that challenge,” he said.

“Now (emergency department staff) are extremely worried they’re going to be put in a position where they’re not able to manage the expectations or even the needs of patients and their families.”

Read more: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/emergency-departments-are-in-a-state-of-crisis-halifax-er-chief-says-1.6229269

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