With ERs on the brink, doctors explain what patients should consider before they go – CTV

July 25, 2022

A health-care staffing crisis and another wave of COVID-19 are pushing emergency departments across Canada to the brink, with wait times hitting new highs and several hospitals recently being forced to temporarily close their ERs.

The Canadian Press spoke with emergency physicians across the country who discussed what patients should consider before seeking emergency care and why, for some patients, the emergency room is still one of the only options available.

What should patients consider before seeking emergency care?

Despite the pressures facing hospitals, it’s critical no one feels dissuaded from visiting the emergency department when they need urgent medical attention, said Dr. Lucas Chartier, deputy medical director for the emergency department at Toronto’s University Health Network.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/with-ers-on-the-brink-doctors-explain-what-patients-should-consider-before-they-go-1.6001203

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