Too Many People Go To The Emergency Room For No Good Reason, Says Dr. Eric Forsthoefel

Emergency rooms exist so people can have their urgent health issues addressed promptly. While not all issues’ symptoms are life-threatening, waiting just minutes longer for emergency healthcare services in certain situations can result in serious injuries or even death. As such, emergency rooms’ widespread availability across the United States is undeniably positive for the welfare of people living in – or simply visiting – the US.

Too many people use the emergency room

That’s right – too many people visit the emergency room here in the United States. This isn’t because people in the United States are inherently unhealthy or there are tons of traumatic events that cause serious injuries; rather, people turn to the emergency room because they’re more convenient than seeing primary care providers, ER departments are legally required to see patients, and waiting for appointments are “regular” doctors’ offices can take weeks.

The overuse of emergency rooms here in the United States is a systemic issue

Anywhere between 30 and 40 percent of an area’s constituents regularly – or somewhat regularly, at least – see emergency room doctors. According to a February 2016 survey titled “Patients’ Perspectives on Health Care in the United States” published by National Public Radio in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard University’s School of Public Health, roughly one of every three Americans see an emergency room physician when they’re in need of medical treatment.

A 2014 meta-analysis called “Emergency Department Visits for Nonurgent Conditions: Systematic Literature Review” used data from 1990 to determine just how many emergency room visits saw patients who were not considered to be in need of urgent care. Entered into the American Journal of Managed Care, roughly 37 percent of trips to emergency rooms across the United States were made by patients who didn’t need urgent care.

Florida’s emergency rooms are seen by patients with non-urgent symptoms as often as any other state

According to Robert Blendon, a full professor at Harvard University, just short of 33 percent of Floridians had visited an emergency room for a non-urgent healthcare issue throughout the two years before the 2016 interview conducted by Abe Boraya, a reporter working with a Florida-based National Public Radio affiliate.

Dr. Eric Forsthoefel, an emergency room doctor in Tallahassee, Florida, recently shared that people frequent the emergency room at the hospital he works at for non-urgent issues – no hospital’s emergency department is free from seeing patients without urgent presentations of symptoms.

Dr. Forsthoefel firmly believes that this issue needs to be fixed because people in need of prompt care typically have to wait longer to get the help they need. Further, the resources of emergency department staffs around the United States are routinely stretched beyond what they can handle. Lines in emergency rooms are rarely consistent; staffing more people in anticipation of long lines at emergency departments would invariably result in avoidable losses for hospitals, Dr. Eric Forsthoefel claims.

Dr. Saad Saad on Things Children Try to Swallow and What to Do To Help Prevent It

Dr. Saad Saad is a pediatric surgeon who has used his skill and expertise to remove foreign objects from the esophagus and trachea of more than 1,000 children in his 40 plus year career. In his time as a surgeon, he has removed everything from food to a toothbrush from the bodies of children ranging from 6 months of age to 14 years old. In a recent interview  Found Here  he discussed many of his experiences and offered some advice to parents and caregivers of children.


Children are naturally curious and will often put things in their mouth and can easily ingest them. This holds to be especially true for young children and can often be a difficult time for parents. Normally, the objects a child ingests will simply pass through to the stomach without issue, however, sometimes these objects become lodged In the food pipe or go down the windpipe into the lungs. Signs that may indicate that this has occurred can include trouble breathing, wheezing, or trouble swallowing.


Three objects Dr. Saad commonly dealt with were coins, peanuts, and hot dogs. Smaller objects such as peanuts typically get lodged in a child’s windpipe. larger objects like a coin will normally get caught in the child’s food pipe.


With children under 6 years of age, turn the child upside down, holding them by their legs tap on their back. most times the object will pop out following this procedure. With older children, perform the Heimlich maneuver to clear the object from the child’s throat. In either case, if these maneuvers do not help, the child needs to be taken to the nearest emergency room immediately. Under no circumstances should a parent attempt to scoop the object out of a child’s throat with a finger, doing so can push the object further into the child’s body.


Dr. Saad says he considers batteries to be the most dangerous objects a child can get lodged in their esophagus. Due to their small size children can easily swallow them and once they are ingested batteries can leak acid, leading to severe burns to the stomach or esophagus of the child.


Dr. Saad offered three rules to help prevent a child from getting foreign objects trapped in their food or windpipe. To begin with, never allow children less than 2 years of age to have hot dogs. Hot dogs can completely block the food pipe of younger children. Next, do not permit children under 7 years of age to eat peanuts. Last, carefully observe children at play to ensure they keep inappropriate objects out of their mouth. Learn more :