US medical student Oveys Mansuri has been fortunate enough to train in a newly refurbished emergency department. So, too, have Nigerian students, Chibuzo Odigwe and Seye Abimbola. Their situations are, however, quite different
Emergency departments in the US face varying newspaper headlines reading “Emergency rooms are seeing more patients than ever before” and “Emergency rooms in the red.”
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, from 1997 to 2002 the number of emergency departments in the United States decreased from 4270 to 4037 while the number of visits increased 17% from 97 million to more than 114 million. Emergency departments in the United States struggle to find a balance between supply, demand, and financial viability, as they also realise their new role as the primary access to health care for millions of Americans. Some hospitals have taken the approach of building new emergency departments that take advantage of the latest technology and use their past experiences as guides to future planning.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is one such hospital. It is a 609 bed teaching, research, and tertiary care hospital, level I