2014-01-23 / Local & State

Physicians Group Says Pa. Emergency Care Improves

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A physicians group says that Pennsylvania has made significant improvements in access to emergency care, but that some related areas still need work.

The American College of Emergency Physicians report released on Thursday found that Pennsylvania ranks sixth in the nation for overall policies that support emergency patients. The state was ranked eighth in the 2009 report.

The Washington D.C.- based group says the state has significantly improved access to emergency care, but that decreases in the number of emergency departments, staffed inpatient beds and psychiatric care beds has led to crowding that isn’t good for patients.

Pennsylvania’s disaster preparedness ranking also dropped significantly, from fourth place in 2009 to 17th place now. The state suffered heavy declines in intensive care unit beds and burn unit beds.

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