This year, over four million people in the U.S. with behavioral health conditions — psychiatric, substance-related, or both — will enter an emergency department (ED) that is not prepared to properly treat them. This gap in care is causing widespread suffering while undermining the economics of our EDs.
ED teams know precisely what steps to follow when dealing with physical emergencies, but all too often that’s not the case with behavioral health emergencies. Most ED personnel are not sufficiently trained to effectively care with patients with behavioral health conditions.
In this paper, you will learn how an integrated approach to emergency psychiatric care empowers EDs to properly evaluate and treat behavioral health patients from the moment they enter the ED through discharge. Among the many benefits of this care model are:
• Improved ED clinical quality
• Increased hospital profitability
• Optimized workflows and increased staff engagement
• Greater community and patient trust
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