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On behalf the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, we proposed this position statement for consideration by the Board of Directors:
It is the mission of emergency medicine to provide continuous access to board certified emergency physicians to provide high quality care for patients with emergent and urgent conditions.
Emergency department crowding is a national problem that affects the quality of healthcare for every American because it limits the continuous access to high quality care.
Emergency department crowding is a result of hospital capacity failure.
Hospitals need to invest time and resources into investigating the causes for emergency department crowding and hospital capacity failure in their specific institutions.
Solutions can include the implementation of the following models to improve emergency department throughput and quality of care. These solutions include but are not limited to: