Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/10/18/sickest-psy chiatric-patients-wait-the-longest-in-emergency-rooms-survey-shows/

By Amy Ellis Nutt
October 18, 2016

The situation wasn’t unusual for Stanford, Calif., emergency physician Suzanne Lippert: The patient before her was a woman in her 60s suffering from severe depression, who said she had a plan to take her own life. The problem for Lippert: No inpatient bed was immediately available, so the woman would have to temporarily wait in the Stanford Hospital emergency room as a “boarder.”

Three days later, the woman was still there. Six days later, the same.