Chiropractic integration into emergency rooms
A CHIROPRACTOR IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM COULD BE
THE RIGHT DOCTOR AT THE RIGHT TIME
People who accidentally find themselves in the unfortunate situation of needing
hospital emergency room services may soon have a greater likelihood of
discovering that the services of a chiropractor will be available to them. For
some, this could be the most fortunate part about their ER visit.
This trend toward chiropractors working in the ER setting is gaining support
in the state of New York. How it develops there, and how medical doctors and
patients alike receive it, could have an influence on how quickly the idea
spreads to other areas of the country.
It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to think of many ways that Chiropractic
services could benefit a person in the ER. Car accident victims, persons who
experience falls in the home, sports injuries and even simple twists and sprain
sufferers could often be handled more quickly and efficiently with the special
expertise that Chiropractic training would bring to the table in both diagnosis
How the idea of chiropractors in the ER spreads across the country may
depend to some degree on how it is promoted and accepted in New York.
Currently, the head of the New York State Chiropractic Association is leading a
campaign to initiate wide-scale inclusion of services into state hospitals. Doing
so involves educating chiropractors and medical doctors alike to the benefits of
working cooperatively to provide patient services.
Chiropractic integration into emergency rooms in New York City is moving
forward in one very busy hospital setting. The newly slated Emergency
Department Director at the hospital established an on-call program within
weeks of taking over on her new job. She declared that, “adding chiropractors
to the ED [Emergency Department] was the best change I had witnessed in all
my years as an ED physician.”