Tim Rommel
Tim Rommel
August 16, 2018

Mental Health in the Emergency Department: Evolving Care Models to Meet Patient Needs

Tim Rommel
Tim Rommel

Between the lack of inpatient capacity and insufficient community resources, there is a significant impact on the overall crowding conditions of the emergency department (ED). With nowhere else to go, mental health patients are utilizing the ED for their care needs, which negatively affects patients that have an emergency medical condition. This also puts staff in unpredictable situations as they not have the appropriate training or care model in place to manage this type of patient.

The emergency department will continue to be a significant receiving area for those who are seeking support for their mental health issues. Utilizing proven architecture, interior design and operational and clinical planning strategies that cater to the mental health population is critical.

This paper examines solutions that support the mental health patient in crisis, design solutions that improve care in an emergency setting for the mental health patient, and innovations on the horizon that improve emergency care of mental health patients.

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