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Report Says States on Delmarva Are Lacking for Emergency Medical Care

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - A new report from the American College of Emergency Physicians says the states on Delmarva are lacking when it comes to emergency medical care.

ACEP gave the country as a whole a terrible grade - a D+. Every state, including Delaware, has areas this report says need improvement.

ACEP gave Delaware solid grades for access to and quality of emergency care. In other areas - medical liability, public health and injury prevention, disaster preparedness - The First State didn't fare so well.

Dr. Rich Bounds, president of the local ACEP chapter, says part of the reason for the F Delaware got for emergency preparedness is that Delaware doesn't have a burn unit in-state. And he says hospitals lack the ability to handle a surge of patients.

"Most of our hospitals are quite full most of the time," he said. "Therefore, our emergency departments are quite full. In the setting of any kind of disaster that might occur, such as what happened in Boston with the bombings, our hospitals may be ill-equipped to handle such a large surge of patients."

Steven Blessing, with the state Division of Public Health, took exception to that F grade. He questioned the study's methodology and said other reports have shown Delaware is prepared for disasters.

"We do a great job taking care of folks here," said Blessing. "We've demonstrated that through Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene, other events that have happened throughout time."

Despite the report saying Delaware has work to do, it still finished 20th overall. Maryland came in 10th, and Virginia was tied for 18th. Bounds says that is a reflection on the nationwide system.

"The emergency care system, the resources devoted to emergency patients in our country, is at a breaking point."

Click here to read the full report.

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