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    Emergency Rooms Burdened by “Superusers”

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    The practice of using emergency rooms to seek treatment for non-urgent issues has become so common for some, the medical profession has a name for them – ‘superusers’.

    The practice of using emergency rooms to seek treatment for non-urgent issues has become so common for some, the medical profession has a name for them.

    They’re called ‘superusers’ and are generally defined as those who visit the ER more than 9 times in an 18 month period.

    Even though they only account for 1 percent of the patients, they are reportedly the cause of a disproportionate amount of expense and problems.

    According to a recent study, over-crowding is a particularly common issue and dangerous because it can lead to more serious matters.

    One of them is that there are a finite number of beds available regardless of how many patients are waiting.

    Once beds are filled, doctors sometimes end up beginning examinations in the hallway.

    When that starts to happen it becomes harder to get patients cared for and discharged in timely manner.

    Also, the sheer stress of crowds waiting for medical attention can cause errors.

    In a separate study, researchers found that frequent user ER visits increased by 83 percent over the course of 10 years.

    Popular reasons given for choosing the ER were lack of access to a clinic and an inability to get an appointment with their doctors.