Minnesota's ERs become 'holding pens' with surge in psych patients


Hospital emergency rooms across Minnesota are reporting a surge in mental health patients that has turned many ERs into "holding pens" for troubled and sometimes violent adults, often at the expense of other patients needing urgent care.

The crowding has become so acute in some smaller, rural hospitals that patients are forced to wait on stretchers in public hallways, often for hours, or even turned away and sent to hospitals hundreds of miles away.



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