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Quality and Timely Access to Emergency Care


Support Programs to Enhance Access and Improve Care for Vulnerable Patient Populations

ENA will support legislation aimed at enhancing access and improving care for mental health patients. Further, ENA supports policies that alleviate the holding or boarding of such patients in the emergency department.

ENA will also support efforts to assist and provide high-quality care for other vulnerable patient populations, as well as enhancing education and training for emergency nurses in treating these patients.

Increase Support for Trauma Systems and Trauma Centers

Trauma is the leading cause of death for people under the age of 46 and 35 million people are treated for traumatic injuries every year. Nevertheless, more than 45 million people lack access within one hour to a trauma center able to treat severe traumatic injuries.

ENA will continue to fight for legislation and funding to improve trauma care in the United States. This includes both the development of optimally functioning trauma systems and quick access to state-of-the-art trauma centers. In addition, ENA will support bills that improve the integration of the military and civilian trauma systems.

Maintain Funding for Poison Control Centers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40,000 people die annually from poisoning and approximately 2,000 are treated each day in emergency departments.

ENA will support programs and funding that provide resources for the nation’s 56 poison control centers.

Improve Treatment of Patients Who Abuse Prescription Opioids and Heroin

The U.S. is experiencing a historic epidemic in opioid abuse. In 2015, drug overdoses were the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

ENA will support legislation and federal funding to combat the ongoing national crisis of addiction to opioid drugs, including provisions to encourage states and local communities to pursue a full array of proven strategies to combat addiction and support individuals in recovery.

Fund Research to Improve the Delivery of Emergency Care

ENA will continue to strive for improved patient safety and enhanced quality of care by collaborating with appropriate stakeholders to promote and conduct research to enhance emergency care for all patients.

In addition, ENA will support the work of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and urges adequate federal funding for NINR within the overall NIH budget.

Continue and Expand Federal Research and Support for Pediatric Emergency Care

ENA will strongly support policies that will enhance emergency medical services for children. As such, ENA urges Congress to continue to support the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program at the Health Resources and Services Administration. EMSC, which has provided funds to every state, is the only federal program dedicated to improving emergency care for children.

ENA will support legislation that reauthorizes and provides adequate federal funding for the EMSC program.

Earlier Event: May 7
Nursing Education and Practice
Later Event: May 7
Injury Prevention