Pediatric Psychiatric Illness in the Emergency Department—An Ignored Health Care Issue

Abstract: “Objectives: To examine the differences in the care of children with a psychiatric illness and all other children in the emergency department (ED). Methods: One-year cross-sectional retrospective chart review of children <18 years of age admitted to the ED… Conclusions: These data suggest a gap in the health care system that is perhaps mostly due to inadequate recognition of the magnitude and severity of the problem. Children with psychiatric illness often become “stuck” in the ED or on the pediatric inpatient ward for prolonged periods of time because there are inadequate inpatient or outpatient services to care for them.” Academic Emergency Medicine