Not urgent? Expect to sit up in the ER

From WRAL:

Hospital officials say the reason the ER often runs out of beds is because the general population is growing and aging. But beds are becoming less important in some hospitals.

“Rather than being in a stretcher, they can treat you in a chair that is sectioned off,” said UNC Rex’s Dr. Linda Butler. “They can start their treatment plan and get (the patient) out.”

The different style of treatment is called vertical care, and it’s used for non-urgent patients. Hospital officials say it’s more efficient.

“Instead of a patient waiting in a bed for all of their tests, they can get their tests, go to a chair, wait for results (and) have another patient go into that bed,” Butler said.

The vertical care allows doctors to use more of their space.

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