SNHP | Senior Nursing Poster Session

Title

Behavioral Health in the Emergency Department

Presenter Information

Brooke McCulleyFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Marcia Hobbs; Jennifer Coleman

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Prevalence of psychiatric-mental health patients in the emergency department (ED) has increased drastically. Emergency departments are now serving large numbers of psychiatric patients daily. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2016), psychiatric/mental disorder patients represent one out of every eight patients that present to the emergency department. This translates in to nearly 12 million emergency department visits a year. There has been a fifteen percent increase of mental health patients presenting to the ED between 2007 and 2011. The increases of these statistics are due to major budget cuts to community mental health services and decreased psychiatric inpatient bed availability. This in return has been a huge contribution to the overcrowding crisis of the ED (Boudreaux et al., 2015).

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Senior Nursing Poster Session

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Behavioral Health in the Emergency Department

Prevalence of psychiatric-mental health patients in the emergency department (ED) has increased drastically. Emergency departments are now serving large numbers of psychiatric patients daily. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2016), psychiatric/mental disorder patients represent one out of every eight patients that present to the emergency department. This translates in to nearly 12 million emergency department visits a year. There has been a fifteen percent increase of mental health patients presenting to the ED between 2007 and 2011. The increases of these statistics are due to major budget cuts to community mental health services and decreased psychiatric inpatient bed availability. This in return has been a huge contribution to the overcrowding crisis of the ED (Boudreaux et al., 2015).