Patients "boarding" in the emergency department (ED), or placed in a holding pattern while waiting for care or transfer, are overwhelming emergency physicians, care teams and staff who do all they can to treat or stabilize every patient that needs care.
While the causes of boarding are multifaceted, staffing shortages and the resulting burnout only exacerbate the crisis and perpetuate a dangerous and sometimes deadly cycle. To help address this crisis, ACEP President Christopher S. Kang, MD, FACEP is currently forming a task force to develop clinical recommendations as well.
ED Boarding: Frontline Stories
ACEP members are sharing stories about the impact of rising patient boarding, and the picture painted is bleak—emergency departments and hospitals are at a breaking point.
Pushing for Solutions to the Boarding Crisis
Brewing for years, the boarding crisis hit troublesome levels in late 2022. Your stories, filled with urgency and passion, allowed ACEP to launch a multichannel advocacy campaign.
Tackling the boarding crisis is one of the ways ACEP has your back.
ACEP has been leading national efforts to address ED crowding and boarding for several decades. Currently we are advocating directly with the White House, bipartisan members of Congress, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders involved in constructive approaches to alleviate the factors that lead to our nation’s boarding crisis.