Pennsylvania docs seek solution for lack of psych beds

Pennsylvania physicians, concerned with a state-wide shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds, have asked the state to establish a computerized tracking system so hospital emergency departments will know in real time the availability of inpatient psychiatric and detoxification beds, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The Pennsylvania Medical Society's House of Delegates proposal is similar to a system that Maryland adopted last year. The shortage in the Keystone State has led to patients waiting hours or days in emergency departments waiting for a bed. "In the meantime, they're not getting the same type of treatment they would get as an inpatient," said Michael Turturro, M.D., chief of emergency services at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh and past president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, one of the organizations that raised the issue with the state medical society. Article

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